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Video Games

Parents Playing Video Games with Their Kids? Suddenly, There’s Time

Maybe you haven’t played a video game since PacMan gobbled up the colored pellets in the flashing maze, but while you’re self-quarantined with the family, a battle of the joysticks might be just the right bonding moment. “The current situation of families being cooped-up at home together is absolutely the...

Alcohol Abuse

COVID-19, Social Distancing and What it Means for Alcohol Use Disorder

The Quarantini is the cheekily-named beverage many are clutching while social-distancing, but the danger the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might bring to those with alcohol use disorder is more sobering. When the supply runs out or liquor stores are forced to close, many with alcohol use disorder could face dangerous withdrawal,...

Virtual Chat

It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Why Not Try Virtual Social Hosting?

While we’re all busy social distancing, many of our hearts ache for the exact opposite – hugs, laughter, the clinking of glasses full of shared cheer – so why not try virtual social hosting? Technology like Zoom, Google Hangout and FaceTime allows us to connect with people through video chat...

Coronavirus and kids

Advice for Parents, and Kids, During ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’

Patricia Rehmer, senior vice president of behavioral health for Hartford HealthCare, offers some advice to parents during the COVID-19 crisis in a visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is a lightly edited version of the interview: Q: Explain to us what you should be saying to our children in the situation. A:...


How to Control Coronavirus Anxiety

Whether it’s wiping out a store’s stock of hand sanitizer and toilet paper to overzealously taking children’s temperatures, people’s fears about the coronavirus are escalating. The facts bear some concern, according to experts at the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN). Respiratory symptoms and illnesses, which can be associated with...

Recovery Coaches

St. Vincent’s Emergency Department Adds Recovery Coaches

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport recently became the 21st hospital in Connecticut to incorporate the Emergency Department Recovery Coach (EDRC) program from the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). The program launch at St. Vincent’s  Emergency Department is the result of collaborative efforts between CCAR, the Cigna Foundation, and...

Emergency Department

He’s Offering A New Kind of Addiction Help in Emergency Department

He’s sitting near the hospital bed, his deep, baritone voice quiet as he listens to a tearful patient details his struggles to stay sober. “My man,” William Dantzler said gently, leaning slightly toward the young man whose cheeks glistened with tears. “Live for you.” The moment was brief at the...