We at Connections Counseling believe

Connections Counseling supports speaking out against racial injustice.  We stand with those who are fighting for systemic reform, safety and equity for all people.  We are committed to acknowledge and dismantle inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services so we can better support our staff and clients.   

Connections Counseling has taken action by providing Witnessing Whiteness Workshop to all of our staff. The workshop offers practical information on building knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices, a hopeful look at our collective future, and a discussion of how to create a culture of witnesses who support allies for social and racial justice.

Connections has also developed a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) workgroup that will inform system improvements as a means of accountability to sustain change


Pandemic not the only cause for rise in overdoses

Connections Counseling psychotherapist Cory Divine and other local experts provide background on increasing overdoses in Dane County.   Aired on Fox47 July 21, 2020 MADISON, Wis. -- Calls for suspected overdoses are on the rise in Dane County. While the issue can partly be blamed on the isolation and loneliness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, that's not the main cause.

According to data from Dane County Emergency Management, first responders have been called for 693 patients suspected of overdosing on opioids from January 1 to July 5, 2020. In that same time period in 2019, there were 426 patients.

Pandemic overdoses Fox47 video link

Connections Counseling Helps Fight Drug Addiction in Wisconsin

After more than two decades of Wisconsin's Opioid crisis, five individuals have chosen to share their recovery stories, offering hope to many others. Within this five part series, hosted by madison.com, read about two individuals who Connections Counseling personally helped during their journey to a drug free lifestyle. Read this five part series here.

  • Story One- Drug court, sober scene, Suboxone helped man beat addiction
  • Story Two- Opioids blocked 'mental pain,' but recovery brought woman peace
  • Story Three- Two decades into Wisconsin's opioid crisis, stories of recovery offer hope
  • Story Four - Parted from children due to drugs, woman became sober after grandchild's birth
  • Story Five- Prescription opioids led to overdose, turnaround for transgender man

If you or anyone you know is fighting a drug addiction, please contact Connections Counseling for more information.

Connections Counseling: Changing Lives

When I was first trying to get sober... I remember telling my group at Connections Counseling in Madison that I couldn't imagine a life without music festivals and concerts... they were what I lived for! I loved being social and DANCING... and for me, at that time it also meant being immersed in alcohol and drugs.

My counselor told me that I would dance again and I just needed to take a break from the "scene," for a little while. To me... that was heartbreaking... I couldn't see any other way... I had a clouded view.

Fast forward 8 years later... and look at me?? Pure JOY, completely SOBER, dancing with other women whom I call sisters... in SEDONA?? Seriously... who would have thought?? Sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do to get to the other side. We just have to trust the people who have been put in our path to hold the lantern for us so that we can still see the guided path.

A special thank you to Shelly Dutch for holding that lantern for me, and countless other young sisters and brothers trying to figure it out.


-- Emily; Connections Counseling Member

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