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Recovery Coach Academy Training offered Sept 7-10

Connections Counseling is bringing the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) model to Dane County as part of a recovery-oriented system of care for individuals and families dealing with substance use disorders.  The training includes core competencies for recovery coaches with additional training on ethics, boundaries, medication assisted-treatment gambling and more.   The training will be offered September 7-10, 2017 at Connections Counseling "Corner" Community Center 5001 University Ave.  Full details in Recovery Coach Training Flyer Further information 608.233.2100 x-17 or  

Connections named as Dane County MARI assessment hub

Dane County Human Services Dept named Connections Counseling as the AODA assessment hub for an innovative program in partnership with the Madison Police Dept and Dane County.  The project is originally funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The program, conceived locally by the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI), a community coalition, and administered by Dane County following a competitive bid process, provides a diversion to treatment instead of legal consequences for suitable low-risk offenders apprehended by Madison Police.  Connections will provide clinical assessments, treatment plans, referrals to treatment agencies and pair individuals referred to the MARI program with peer recovery coaches to help guide individuals through the challenging but rewarding recovery process.

Recovery Foundation October 9 – Magic of Mentorship

2017 Luncheon posterHelp Recovery Foundation and Connections celebrate, raise funds for treatment and increase awareness as we join together to bring hope and healing Monday October 9.  We will hear from local volunteer mentor perspectives on addiction, recovery, mentoring to help others on the path to long term sobriety. We hope you will join us to listen to their journey and hope.  For more information and to register for this event

Connections opens Campus/Capitol Location

To improve services to the UW Campus / Capitol area, Connections now has services accessible at a downtown location.  Ask about receiving services at 660 West Washington Ave, STE 308 (corner of Regent and W. Washington).   Services are by appointment only.

Sundance Fundraiser for Horizon High School

Tuesday June 28, 2016.  Attend a special premier of "Being Charlie" to raise funds for Horizon High School, Wisconsin's only recovery high school.
  • 5:00 pm  Reception and silent auction
  • 6:00 pm  Intro & Info about HHS, Wisconsin’s only Recovery High School
  • 6:15 pm   Showing of the film “Being Charlie” directed by Rob Riener
“Being Charlie”, directed by Rob Reiner is a loosely based autobiographical film, co-written by his son, Nick Reiner.  The film is in part based on Nick’s descent with drug addiction and homelessness as a teen.  Charlie is reckless and adrift.  He is a troublesome 18 year old who breaks out of a youth treatment clinic, but when he returns home is given an intervention by his parents and forced to go into adult rehab. Nick Robinson stars as Charlie and Ricardo Chavira as Drake. Sundance Cinemas
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Treatment 101 – Pre-contemplative group

Connections now offers a group designed for individuals who are unclear about how substance use is negatively affecting their lives and not yet certain if change is required.  This group may be appropriate for individuals who have successfully given up one substance but have not made a decision on another substance (typically marijuana or alcohol) that may also present concerns.  May also be appropriate for individuals who simply want to moderate substance use.    Class meets Monday 4-5 pm and rotates through a four week curriculum.   New members may start on the first Monday of the month and clients can repeat this group through multiple cycles.  

Adolescent IOP services now at Connections

Connections Counseling staff is experienced and passionate about working with teens.  Now Connections offers a 3-day/week, 3 hours/day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) specifically for teens 13-18 years old.   IOP at Connections includes experiential and educational groups including relapse prevention strategies, life skills, recovery skills and emotional coping skills.  Other components of IOP are an comprehensive family component, individual counseling as well as random urine drug screens.