October, 2021 | Issue 12
The TCI Connection
We inspire families and individuals to overcome the disease of
addiction by creating real, long-term solutions!
Quote of the Month:
“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment..." - Brené Brown
Last chance to get tickets for
Sunday's Gala Brunch - click the image below!
Learn more about TriCircle, Inc. and
consider a donation today!
“Do work that matters. Choose to participate in initiatives that will positively impact the world and
help make a difference in your community.”
― Germany Kent
Looking to get involved? Need resume worthy skills and experience? We can help each other!

We have volunteer opportunities on the following
TriCircle, Inc. Advisory Boards:

Communications & Public Relations
Meets on Zoom, Wednesdays at 8:30 am.
Positions needed: Social Media Ambassador,
Vice Chair, Graphic Designer
Commitment - 2-3 hours/week
Fundraising & Events
Meeting via Zoom or in person at 6 Way Road, Middlefield, on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Positions needed: Chair, Vice Chair, Events Sub-Committee Volunteers, Graphic Designer
Commitment - 2-3 hours/week, plus our fun and exciting events
Meets on Zoom 1st Thursday of each month
Positions needed: Secretary, Document Specialist
Commitment - 2-3 hours/week
Click here to learn more.

We are always looking for "ad hoc" volunteers to help with
our many events during the year. Please consider sharing your
talents and donating your time!

For more information, please contact lenore@tricircleinc.com
New TCI Video Series Created
A new video series, created exclusively for TriCircle, Inc., features our founder and Executive Director, Ana Gopoian, and Ken Cairns and Fred Hayden, two parents of families affected by Substance Use Disorders and the Disease of Addiction. This month's newsletter features three of the videos.
We welcome you to watch:

From Ana's Desk

There is Such Value in Meaning

We, as humans and as a society, spend a lot of time measuring our worth in terms of dollars and cents. While it is vitally important for TriCircle to stay laser focused on our fiscal health, integrity and responsibility, there is much more we bring to the table as we sift and sort through our experiences and our evolution as an organization.

We are continually weighing the advantages of the many events, trainings, community programs, collaborations, partnerships and resources we offer to gauge their value and determine their worth. In measuring their outcomes and impact, we are forced to look at the numbers. However, it is also our bounden duty to visualize and evaluate the intrinsic value that, while added, may not be so measurable.

We are in the business of saving lives, changing hearts and minds, and reducing the shame and stigma that still surround the disease of addiction. Even if it is one life, one heart, one person at a time, we are determined to reach full implementation as quickly as possible. Once we do, our ability to impact the lives of those who are ready to reach out for help will be infinitely multiplied! We cannot get there fast enough!

While we are very busy in so many ways, striving to raise the money we need to keep a high level of forward momentum, our loved ones are dying. There is no way to sugar coat the statistics. The number of overdose deaths continues to rise, and these numbers are likely under reported. The latest evidence shows that last year in CT alone there were 1378 overdoses and 93,913 in our country.

TriCircle is moving to full implementation - a fifteen month, residential, holistic, individualized program that offers every resource and tool needed. A colleague of mine recently posted, "Imagine ONE PLACE where there is always an open bed, where there is an individualized needs assessment upon entry, job training and opportunities, education, skill building, court advocacy, family involvement, mental and behavioral health services, meetings that offer all kinds of avenues to recovery, community service opportunities, meditation, yoga, spiritual growth opportunities, exercise equipment, a wood shop, animals, a greenhouse, art therapy and more!" There are countless ways a project like this could work to sustain itself. It is all about partnering and collaborating to make it come true! It is about doing, but it is also about our collective thoughts, about thinking it into reality! It starts with small things like the Gala Brunch and ends with a ribbon cutting on the steps of the future home of TriCircle, Inc. Together WE are Stronger!"

The realization of our vision will build a firm foundation for individuals and families to live their lives in recovery and to build strong futures for themselves and others.

As we make strides and the changes necessary to provide these real long-term solutions, WE need you! How can you help? Interested in being part of the change we are implementing? Click here to connect with us! The need for the services WE now provide and the additional resources WE will provide in the future are so important. WE have to work quickly to be part of the solution, to save lives and to be sure our loved ones lost are not gone in vain. Together WE are Stronger!
Looking Forward
We are looking forward to a time when we do not have to wear masks, when hugs do not produce anxiety and when large gatherings are not rare occasions! With all that said, we are sad to say that with the spike in recent COVID cases and with the inability to secure vendors, musicians and supplies, we have decided to postpone our 4th Annual Recovery Fall Fest, originally scheduled for Sat., Oct 16, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will soon begin planning for our biggest and best event ever to be held in 2022. 

Congrats to TCI Scholarship Recipients!
After very careful consideration, TriCircle, Inc. has chosen two worthy recipients to receive a $2,500 scholarship each, Elijah Lombardi and Sharon Gosselin. They will be our guests at the Gala Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 3rd, and their essays will be honored and read aloud at this year's TriCircle, Inc. Annual Meeting. Click below to read their essays!
Elijah Lombardi
Sharon Gosselin

2021 Save the Dates
  • Tuesday, November 30 - Giving Tuesday
  • Sunday, December 5, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Annual Holiday Meeting, Gaylord Hospital, Chauncey Building 
  • Tuesday, December 14 - DMHAS Family Webinar Series, Part 5 of 5
The 8th Annual Charity Challenge
Poker Run & Music Fest Raises $5,200 for
TriCircle, Inc.
While hundreds enjoyed the music, food and fun,
a message of hope was delivered!

“Immerse yourself in a cause you're passionate about.”
― Germany Kent
"With a Rose" Fundraiser Benefits TCI

The “With a Rose” fundraiser, held on Saturday, September 11, was a huge success. The event was named for Philip Lyons’ love of the Grateful Dead song of the same name and attracted over 300 attendees, a record breaking crowd at Nuzzo's Farm in Branford. Over $7,500 in proceeds from this event will benefit TriCircle, Inc.

Julie Lyons, Philip's mom, chose TriCircle because of the valuable connection she has made with one of its programs. After Philip's passing, in July 2020, Julie found a home in one of TriCircle's “Hope After Loss” support groups for bereaved parents, guardians and loved ones.

“TriCircle has pulled me through my deepest despair,” she said. “I’m still not great and do not expect to ever be the same. But all the people who do participate understand one another and the deep grief involved.”

Ana Gopoian, executive director and founder of TriCircle, Inc., who recently celebrated 26 years in recovery, said, “The stigma, struggle, isolation, and guilt that drive this disease are just as detrimental as the disease itself.”

Ana greatly appreciates any fundraising that can be put toward phase two of the organization’s three-phase plan which, in part, involves obtaining a mixed-use building for long-term residential treatment, resources and services for recovering individuals and their families.
Harness Your Halloween Superpowers

When I walk into any store lately, I see superheroes, doctors, nurses, princesses, ghouls, and goblins. As a little girl, I loved Halloween, not because of the candy, but because it allowed me to be someone else. Truth to be told, I loved to play dress up any day of the year! Now, when I leave the house, I wonder what role I am playing today: sober advocate, recovery coach, woman in recovery, mother of children in recovery or myself! Often playing a role helps me get through the day. Advocating for a person in active addiction, uplifting a young man in prison, coaching mothers in different stages of sobriety, and caring for myself takes courage, bravery and maybe a superpower or two. Put your cape on and continue to spread your superpowers throughout the world of recovery.

by Elizabeth Kirby Fullerton, PhD
Recover Your Family
Now Offering DBT

TriCircle, Inc. strives to offer Clinical Services that meet the individual needs of those who choose to take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their journey toward healing. We are accepting new clients. Our master’s level clinicians offer a range of evidence-based programs, giving clients and their families the opportunity to grow, change and maintain long-term recovery.

TCI’s Clinical Services offer:

Flexible morning or evening hours
Time for family
Ability to seek and maintain employment
Practice of new coping skills
Enjoyment of substance free activities
Benefit of personal health and wellness

DBT is now an integral part of our varied Clinical Services offerings!

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. DBT may be used to treat substance use disorders as well as suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. 

Click here to learn more about our Clinical Services or call
(860) 349-7074 to set up an intake.
Engage in Self Care!

TriCircle's Hope & Support and Hope After Loss Group meetings 
are now available in the following CT towns: Berlin, Danielson,
Middlefield, Southington, Wallingford,
Putnam and Somers.

All our support group meetings are co-facilitated by two paid professionals - one licensed and one paraprofessional with lived experience. We provide a safe and confidential space for parents, guardians and others who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use or addiction or who have lost a loved one to an accidental overdose, drug induced suicide or drug related murder. There is no judgment or blame, just support and understanding. Join us as we work together on this journey of healing.
Click here to learn more.

It is so easy! Do all your everyday shopping online! First, be sure to sign up on Amazon Smile and choose TriCircle, Inc. as your recipient organization. Then, every single time you make a purchase from the Smile.Amazon site, a percentage will be donated to us! It doesn’t cost you a thing!
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If you have 2 hours to spare,
YOU can make a difference by:
  • Volunteering at one of our many events
  • Stuffing envelopes for a mailer
  • Selling tickets for an event
  • Helping with promotion on social media
  • Serving on an Advisory Board
  • Securing raffle donations

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