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"Since moving into Phase III, my son has gotten a job and most recently signed up for college classes. I cannot stress enough how much this program has helped my son get on his path to recovery in such a positive way. Every time I go to visit, the other residents always comment to me what a pleasure it is to have my son there and his willingness to help others."

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February 2014 Calendar
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Recreation & Lifestyle Headline
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Turning Point's on-site music studio and rehearsal space provides a perfect venue for residents to foster their musical abilities in a safe, sober environment.

According to Dave Freedman, Support Staff Director, Turning Point endorses a mind, body, and spirit approach to recovery and to life, and for many of the residents, music is a fundamental aspect of that trinity. "The music studio is important to a certain group of guys that are really into music," Dave said. "They get their time in the studio, and it's really good for them. It's important that they have that outlet."

For Dave, a Turning Point alumni himself, the music studio was a key factor in his choosing the Turning Point program. As a resident, he regularly played with a group of fellow musicians within the program, and by the time he was ready to graduate Phase III the group was playing shows around New Haven. To some of Turning Point's residents, making music is as vital as breathing air. The studio gives them the ability to focus their creative energies.

Jim L.
Mark W.
Andrew M.
Dan W.
Altay P.
Nick M.
Johnny M.

Joseph M.

James T.
Grant L.
Jim B.

Warren P.


Jack R.
Mack G.

Vinny C.
Phil S.
Dave O.
Nick A.

David E.
Alex K.
Gavin B.

Jon D.
Eli O.
Kevin S.
Ryan C.
Chris C.
Camilo P.

Josh F.
Olin K.
Nate S.
Dylan C.
Matt M.
Brian M.
Michael R.
Ethan E.
Zach B..

Zach K.
Scott F.
Brandon T.

Shane F.
Tyler E.
Mark S.
Alex C.
Joe P.
Rolf K.
Lucas S.
Brian B.
Chris H.
Alec P.
Mark S.
Connor L.
Ryan D.
Demetri A.

Jesse S.
Demetri A.
Quin F.
Cameron B.
Mick M.
Jack D.
Chris P.
Johnny Y.
Ryan B.

Russel L.
Sam R.
Nick J.
Peter Z.
Bill D.
Clinician's Corner Headline
There are a variety of challenges that young men in early recovery face.
Many are not "voluntary", but rather have been compelled to enter treatment as a result of outstanding legal issues or owing to family interventions. It has been found that clients younger than 26 are more likely to be in precontemplation and significantly less likely to beat contemplation, action, or maintenance stages than adults in the cohort ages 26 to 45 (Sinha et al, 2003). Thus, there are issues regarding motivation, engagement, adaptation to structure, and acceptance/adherence to program guidelines and norms. In fact, challenging guidelines is in many cases to be expected as a form of challenging authority and limit testing.

We meet these challenges by incorporating a variety of approaches and interventions that are designed to build rapport and trust, and to engage the young men in our care. Our curriculum is broad based (life skills, evidence based practice, community living, 12 Step, recreation, etc.), and is provided in group and individual settings. Care is individualized, integrated and coordinated for the purposes of promoting self-discovery, uncovering internal motivation, fostering growth and ultimately self-efficacy.

The early stage of treatment is foundational and certainly includes education about addiction and its issues and consequences. Clients will engage in group and individual work: changing thinking and behavior; relaxation techniques; family dynamics; communication; wellness and recovery planning; self-care; building a sober network - to name just a few topics. Clients experience a safe environment where a person-centered, strengths based approach predominates. Participation is the norm. Clients receive the support and positive reinforcement they need as they begin to use the skills and strategies they have learned. And as clients progress through intensive outpatient and through the phase system, new challenges and opportunities are identified - as their readiness and ability to meet new challenges and opportunities grows.

This work is best approached and accomplished by a concerted effort and collaboration. This includes not only therapists and case managers, but also families. We appreciate your concerns, your efforts, and your involvement - and we seek to support that as well.
Fred Keane,
Fred Keane, LCSW
Executive Director of Clinical Services

Fred Keane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience in treating clients with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. He has held Program and Clinical Director positions at several in-patient settings ranging from medically supervised detox to long term residential.

Fred believes in a person centered, strengths based approach and in fostering a safe and purposeful environment, conducive to clients building solid foundations for further growth. His experience is that early engagement, collaborative care, and educating and empowering clients with life skills and tools is a model for success. To this end, Fred has incorporated motivational interviewing, family work, cognitive behavior therapy, the Seeking Safety model, mindfulness practice and solution focused therapies in his program development efforts.

Fred is a graduate of Colgate University and received his MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. He has also been adjunct professor at Fordham teaching the Practice With Substance Abuse course to MSW candidates. Additionally, he has taught the Integrative Seminar and been a faculty advisor to MSW students at Fordham GSSS, and has mentored numerous masters level interns in their field placements.
Resident Profile Eli O.
Eli O. is currently a resident in Phase III of the Turning Point program. He successfully completed primary treatment in Florida before coming to Turning Point, and since recommitting himself to recovery he has served as a model example to other residents.

Resident Profile Eli O.Eli began smoking marijuana around the age of 11, and drank alcohol throughout his high school years. At 13, he began abusing prescription medication. When Eli left to go to college, things took a turn for the worse, and his battle with addiction escalated. "I wasn't doing well," Eli said. "In college things just got bad drug-wise. I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. My parents really wanted me to go to rehab, and I decided to comply with them and go."

Eli completed a program in Pennsylvania and entered a local halfway house shortly thereafter. At this point, Eli was living on his own, handling the responsibilities of daily life while focusing on his sobriety. "I learned how to be a man," Eli said. "I learned the responsibility of living and being independent: paying bills, and having a job, things that fortunately for me I learned at such a young age. I was forced into the situation and it got me to grow up a lot faster."

Eli was sober for about 18 months before suffering a relapse, which continued on for about six months. At this point, Eli decided to recommit himself to recovery and he moved to Florida where he entered treatment. Following primary treatment, Eli moved up to Connecticut and entered Turning Point.

"I respect the people that work here and I respect having a chance to get sober," Eli said. "I can use the tools Turning Point offers to benefit my life in the long run. I've changed my perspective, and things just went easier."

Eli was hired on as a member of the Turning Point staff, first as Phase II Support Staff and later as the House Manager for Phase III. "I try to help all the guys, show that sobriety is the way to go," Eli said. "I don't want anyone to go through what I went through. The only way I can help is by doing it myself. I just lead by example. I became their staff member because I was doing the things that I had to do."

In his time at Turning Point, Eli has come to enjoy the brotherhood and camaraderie that the program fosters, and he has learned to be more patient and tolerant. "I like to do things myself," Eli said. "I'm a control freak. The biggest thing Turning Point does for me, it made me not have control. It made me follow someone else's direction. They gave me time to focus only on me, which is nice. I came to Turning Point to figure out who I am, and they taught me to take responsibility for my own actions."
 Grant Young
  Grant Young is Turning Point's Unsung Hero for the month of February. Grant is a member of the Support Staff for Phase III, and has been for the past six months. As Support Staff, Grant is responsible for ensuring that residents are safe, sober, and continuing to develop a balanced schedule.

  His primary goal is to provide support to the residents under his care. "It's called support staff for a reason," Grant said. "Whenever a guy gets down, I can talk to them and I can be there for them. I support them, and I'm with them literally every single day."

  The most rewarding part is when a guy overcomes his struggles and is able to complete the program. According to Grant, The most rewarding part of his job is seeing a guy overcomes his struggles and complete the program; "Seeing the light bulb go off, seeing them actually get it."
Alumni Life Headline Ross B.
Alumni Life Ross B.
Ross B. graduated from the Turning Point program on March 1, 2012.He had a string of bad experiences before finding his stride, but since focusing on sobriety and applying himself, Ross has made tremendous progress and continues to be an active member in the New Haven recovery community. February 10, 2014 will mark three years of sobriety for Ross, celebrating a lot of hard work and dedication.

At the age of 18, Ross became "chemically dependent." "I needed some substance every day, and that substance varied from time to time," Ross said. "When I went to rehab I didn't necessarily think that I was a drug addict or an alcoholic." Ross' first experience with recovery was with an outpatient program he was involved in for over eight months. He was kicked out of the program, and decided to try in-patient. The first two failed for different reasons, but Ross' third attempt, a rehab in New Jersey, proved successful, and he has maintained his sobriety since. The staff at the in-patient facility recommended Turning Point, and Ross joined the program after completing primary treatment.
Alumni Life Ross B.

At Turning Point, Ross learned two skills that have been invaluable in his life as a sober man: responsibility and accountability. "Turning Point helped me with those, 100 percent," Ross said. "I felt a certain consistency from their staff. They're well organized and they got me into a habit." During his time as a resident, Ross took part in many rigorous job searches, eventually landing a job at a local bakery. Since completing the program, he has found and continues to hold a better job; something that he said would not have been possible before coming to Turning Point.

"Through the life skills acquired at Turning Point, and continued active participation in recovery program within the local community, I see my life change for the better every day. That fact alone is exciting and keeps me going on this journey. It increases my desire to stay clean. A lot of the young guys don't see a reason [to stay sober]. Give yourself time to clear up your head and see what life has to offer."

After leaving Turning Point, Ross entered a local sober house to maintain some of the structure offered within the program. He continues to live in the area, and he remains an active member in the recovery community. He is currently undergoing his last undergraduate semester at SCSU, and he plans to enter the Elementary Education graduate program at UNH in the fall of this year.
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From The Family Lorraine C.
Lorraine C. is the mother of Ryan, a resident in Phase III of the Turning Point program. In the past, Ryan's recovery attempts were largely unsuccessful, but since coming to Turning Point he has embraced the program and made many positive changes.

According to Lorraine, Ryan started smoking marijuana in high school, and his drug use quickly escalated. When Ryan went off to college, Lorraine thought that a change in scenery would have a positive effect on him, but within two weeks Ryan was back at home. At this point, Ryan spent close to two years battling addiction and trying various rehab programs. Initially, he didn't embrace the programs or the idea of recovery, but as he worsened over time he eventually learned what he had to do.

From The Family Photo Since coming to Turning Point, Ryan has made great strides in his recovery. "He's done amazingly well," Lorraine said. "Maybe he's just tired of it. He's getting the right help therapy wise. [Turning Point] is a great group of guys. For some reason he embraces it. He continues to get good reports from all of his case managers. He's doing everything that's asked of him. As a parent, I've very happy."

"The hardest part is watching your child hurt themselves," Lorraine said. "It's really painful. It's been extremely difficult. You can't control it, you can't cure it. It's wreaked havoc on our family, and caused an extreme amount of stress and heartache on all different levels. It's a disease that affects everyone in the family."
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Lorraine thanks Joe Silvio, of Silver Hill Hospital, for recommending the Turning Point program. "I couldn't thank Joe enough," Lorraine said. "We didn't know what to do." Since he's been at Turning Point, Ryan has improved dramatically. "When he calls me, or I call him, he actually asks me how I am. He listens, and he's definitely more conscious about other people around him. I've been told that he's helped other guys in the house without even knowing it. I think he's matured now. He turned into a man, and he takes responsibility for his own actions."

"I would recommend Turning Point to anybody whose child is having a problem with any kind of addiction," Lorraine said. "They've been really great. They got it right. They slowly integrate you back into the reality of everyday life. It's a process that you can't jump into. They integrate you slowly; that's the best way to do it."

From the Family In his time at Turning Point, Ryan was hired on as the Phase III House Manager. He is currently enrolled at a local college, and continues to work hard in recovery. Lou, Ryan's stepfather, has witnessed the effect that recovery and the Turning Point program has had on Ryan. "I've never seen him better than he is now," Lou said. "In the past I've had my doubts; I have my own experiences. He's definitely on his way to something good, whereas heading up to this, I expected the worse every single time. Now, he's excited. He's got a genuine smile on his face when I see him. I'm proud of him, for real. In the past he didn't take anything serious. He's learning. I think he appreciates sobriety. I'm a good judge...I've got a good read this time and I hope he continues. We both do."
FROM THE FRONT LINES From the Front Lines, Sam Cohen
Sam Cohen, Phase I Case Manager

When I step back from my job as a case manager at Turning Point, I often ask myself what is my purpose in the lives of these young men and their families. The well-known proverb "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear," comes to mind.

In my vocation, most of the time the student is not willing because he does not believe there is a greater life available to him other than the one he has chosen to accept. I have heard a notion that "normal" people will change their behaviors to fit their hopes and dreams, while a young alcoholic or addict will change their hopes and dreams to fit their behaviors.

What I work on initially is to help the young man understand that for years he has been closing doors on a future that he didn't know was even open to him. I try and work to help him see that the doors are now opening again, and sometimes even new doors with endless possibilities are being opened based on the decisions that he is making in the here and now.

My goal is to support the client in building a vision of the man he aspires to be. I do this by helping him to dissolve the barriers that have been created in his life through drug and alcohol abuse.

Most young men at Turning Point have never envisioned a future where they would be sober, so this task can be daunting at first. This is where I find my life experiences, my education, and my own recovery becomes of maximum service. A client typically just wants to know that someone else can understand how he has thought and felt throughout his life. We share our experiences with each other and I help him to see that my sobriety took on a purpose when I began showing up for life (Our Phase I Model) clean and sober. It's a long term process with many struggles along the way but seeing a young man become a son again to his family is a gift that makes my own recovery and career worthwhile.
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