As one of Connecticut’s top-rated substance abuse providers, MCCA is a resource for information on treatment, as well as general inquiries about alcoholism and substance use disorders.

All media inquiries or request for interviews should be directed to:

Lee Bodkin
Director of Communications




MCCA In The News

Program Helps Danbury Area Families Cope, Despite Addiction

Danbury News Times
Dec. 26, 2017

The holiday season can be difficult and stressful for those dealing with addiction and their loved ones. But at least one Danbury-area family said the experience of dealing with their son’s addiction to heroin gave them some invaluable gifts — the ability not to judge others and to be strong even in times of adversity.

Of course, that doesn’t come easy. Most parents of children struggling with addiction struggle with their own feelings of guilt and shame in dealing with the disease.

Read the full story here.

Waiting: The Struggle To Get Help for Drug Addiction

Sept. 9, 2016

People who need help for opioid addiction can wait for weeks for treatment, whether it’s a bed in a treatment center or a medication that helps withdrawal. Those weeks can mean the difference between recovery and overdose.  WSHU’s Davis Dunavin talked to a Connecticut man struggling with addiction about what it’s like to wait for treatment.

Listen to story here.

Connecticut’s ‘worst’ opiate epidemic: Have we seen the worst?

Danbury New Times
Sept. 4, 2016

DANBURY — For nearly four decades, Joe Sullivan has been on the front lines fighting the drug epidemics that have plagued the area over the years. But in two weeks, Sullivan will retire from his position as the president and chief executive officer at the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA), a Danbury-based substance abuse treatment organization.

Read full article here.

Danbury substance abuse center gets $100K to treat opioid addiction

Danbury New Times
June 2, 2016

The Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism, a substance abuse center based in the city, plans to launch a new opioid addiction treatment program this summer with a $100,000 grant, according to a release. MCCA will launch a program on July 1 using an injection that stops cravings to get high by blocking opioid receptors in the body, according to a release.

Read full article here.

New Milford agency receives grants to improve opiate treatment

Danbury New Times
January 15, 2016

Three grants will soon help one agency increase its staff to better combat the area’s growing heroin epidemic.  The Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism’s New Milford outpatient clinic recently received $22,500 in grants to improve the facility’s opiate treatment. Union Savings Bank and the Derx Foundation each contributed $10,000 and Cowles Foundation gave $2,500. Read full article here.

Too much booze cuts into worker productivity, experts say

Greenwich Times
October 28, 2015

Most people know the risks of drinking too much alcohol. It makes users vulnerable to diseases ranging from cirrhosis of the liver to heart disease and cancer. It impairs judgment, increasing the chances of car crashes and other accidents. And drinking to excess can even result in alcohol poisoning. But recent data shows that throwing back the booze isn’t just killing Americans. It’s also draining the nation’s pocketbook. Read full article here.

Opposition prompts revisions in proposed state budgets

CT Post
June 2, 2015

HARTFORD — Criticism and veiled threats from two of the state’s iconic corporations — General Electric and Aetna — would consider leaving the state forced Democrats to rewrite their planned tax package Monday. Read full article here.

Malloy talks up “Second Chance” program for drug offenders

Danbury News Times
May 19, 2015

Less than a week after Republicans shut down the state House of Representatives to protest Gov. Dannel P. Malloy‘s suggestion that racism fueled opposition to his proposed criminal justice reforms, the governor visited a local treatment center to underline the need for the bill. Read full article here.

Amid Overdose, Police Warn of Tainted Heroin

CT Post
April 24, 2015

A bad batch of heroin is spreading across Connecticut and shining a light on the street drug’s widespread use — and its dangers. “In the last two weeks, the Trumbull police alone have responded to three near-fatal heroin overdoses,” Leonard Scinto, the department’s spokesman, said Wednesday. Read full article here.

Smoke Shop Comes To Bethel

News Times
March. 24, 2015

Matt Osmun, the owner of Grassy Plain Vape and Smoke, said he has one problem most new business owners wish they had: He can’t seem to keep his products on the shelves. Business, he said, has been brisk ever since the smoke shop — which caters to a variety of customers including medical marijuana patients — opened its doors in December. “We had a huge rush going into the holiday season and business has been steady ever since,” said Osmun, a Redding resident who opened the store with his wife, Jen. The shop offers everything from traditional glass pipes to rolling papers, electronic water pipes, a large cigar selection and an abundance of vaporizers and other vaping materials that are used for electronic smoking. The vaping materials, Osmun said, have been the most popular. Read full article here.

Treatment Community Mixed On Pot Legalization

CT Post
Feb. 21, 2015

It pains Joseph Sullivan to watch someone who has recovered from drug addiction slip back into the habit. It’s even sadder when the relapse comes because of a drug prescribed by a doctor. “I know so many people who have relapsed after a hip replacement or knee replacement,” because of the pain medication they were prescribed, said Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of the Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism in Danbury, one of the largest substance abuse treatment providers in the state. Read full article here.

What Would ‘Big Marijuana’ Mean For The People Of Connecticut?

Hamlet Hub
Jan. 28, 2015

Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., will be speaking at MCCA’s Annual Awards Dinner on February 25th at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury. Drug policy adviser to three presidents, Sabet has an important and timely message to share with the people of Connecticut about the true ramifications of legalizing marijuana. “In theory, it sounds like rainbows and unicorns – tax revenues, getting rid of gangs, and keeping it out of the hands of kids,” Sabet says. “In reality it means gummy bears and ‘pot tarts’ marketed to 15-year-olds.”  Read full article here.

Council Hopes to Help Those With Addictions

New Milford Spectrum
Jan. 23, 1015

An educational support program for families impacted by addiction has been launched in Greater New Milford. The Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism is starting “How To Cope.” Read full article here.

Yale Study: Men and women’s brains respond differently to smoking

The News Times
Dec. 11, 2014

When helping someone quit smoking there are many factors to consider, and Terry Budlong said he definitely would include gender on that list. Budlong is director of prevention services and smoking cessation coordinator for Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism Inc, a Danbury-based addiction-service program. Read full article here.

Heroin: A Conversation I Wish I’d Had –  Op-Ed, Lee Bodkin

The Connecticut Post
Sept. 19, 2014

I went to my first funeral for a young person who died from a heroin overdose recently. I hope it’s my last. This young person’s parents are friends of mine — not close friends, but friends. And I keep thinking — Could this senseless death have been prevented? Could a simple conversation have imparted enough information to keep this from happening? I will never know. Read full article here.

Survey Shows CT Teens Outpace Nation On Risk

The News Times
June 24, 2014

Connecticut teens are more likely to be bullied at school, more likely to have tried heroin and more likely to have access to illegal drugs on school property than their peers across the country. But the same national survey that showed these grim statistics also showed Connecticut high school students are less likely to drink alcohol before age 13, less likely to have had sexual intercourse and less likely to spend more than three hours a day watching TV or playing video games. Read full article here.

Panel Takes on ‘Tremendous’ Heroin Spike

The News Times
April 1, 2014

Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to stemming the use of heroin by the young, Police Chief Shawn Boyne told more than 100 people, many of them parents, at a panel discussion Tuesday night on the opioid epidemic that has struck New Milford and other communities over the past year. Read full article here.

Journey of Connecticut Heroin Addicts

The Register Citizen
May 5, 2014

The 30-year-old Litchfield resident said she had her first taste of the drug when she was 19. She didn’t know what it was then, Kennerson said, as her friend had told her it was cocaine. By then, Kennerson had been smoking cigarettes and marijuana for five year.  Read full article here.

MCCA To Honor Newtown Native Greg Williams

The Newtown Bee
March. 15, 2014

The Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA) will honor Greg Williams and the Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury at its annual awards dinner, Thursday, March 20, at the Matrix Conference Center. Mr Williams, a Newtown native currently living in Danbury, will be honored as Man of the Year for his work in producing The Anonymous People, an 84-minute, independent feature documentary about the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery. Read full article here.

 You Shouldn’t Be Shocked by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death –  Op-Ed, Lee Bodkin

The News Times
Feb. 12, 2014

Little more than a week ago, we lost one of our most talented actors to heroin. Philip Seymour Hoffman relapsed last May after being sober for 23 years. While many were shocked to learn that an actor of such renown could die with a heroin needle in his arm, they shouldn’t be. Read full article here.

 New Heroin Counselors to Aid Teens

The News Times
Jan. 27, 2014

An increase in heroin use among 20-somethings in Connecticut’s northwest corner has led the New Milford Youth Agency to add two members to the New Milford Substance Abuse Council.They are substance abuse counselors specializing in narcotics addiction. Read full article here.

Pot Debaters Take Sides on Medical Use

The News Times
October 30, 2013

In what was a serious, sometimes heated debate over the theory of legalizing marijuana that she was moderating, state Rep. Terrie Wood was able to coax a laugh among dozens Wednesday night. “Who knows what `Wake and Bake’ means?” the Darien Republican asked about 100 people in the Ives Concert Hall at Western Connecticut. Read full article here.

What Are The Real Life Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana? – Opinion, Lee Bodkin

The News Times
October 17, 2013

Public opinion now favors legalization of marijuana. Last March the Pew Research Center conducted a poll and found that for the first time in more than four decades, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana; 52 percent say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45 percent say it should not. Read full article here.

How To Cope Helps Families With Addiction

The Ridgefield Press
June 12, 2013

How to Cope was launched a little more than a year ago in Ridgefield to provide support for family members impacted by addiction. Since then nearly 40 families have participated. “When a family member or loved one is addicted, it puts tremendous stress on every one,” Ms. Bodkin said. “Adding to the stress is the embarrassment and shame that often keeps people from seeking help. When families begin to understand that addiction is a disease, they are able to start the recovery process for themselves. Read full article here.

City Discusses Ways To Stop ‘Revolving Door’ of Alcoholics

The News Times
May 6, 2013

A man hangs out in the city’s downtown. He is a chronic alcoholic. In one year, he has been to the Danbury Hospital emergency room 197 times. “Sometimes, it’s twice a day,” said Dr. Patrick Broderick, chairman of emergency medicine at Western Connecticut Health Network, which manages Danbury Hospital. All that care, Broderick said, costs the hospital about $100,000 a year. Read full article here.

Prescription Drugs: Apathy In the Resume Generation

The Ridgefield Press
May 6, 2013

Although it’s more clear how opiate addiction forms in the body, where the prescription drugs come from and when the “epidemic” became an issue in Ridgefield, what remains most nebulous is who the drugs are affecting and why a person would begin taking them in the first place. First Selectman Rudy Marconi believes the opiate problem in town is just as much a youth issue as it is an adult crisis. Read full article here.

Kent Rehab Has Quiet First Six Months

The Republican American
August 18, 2013

In a bucolic setting inside a log cabin style building, women are learning how to move forward in their lives and recover from alcohol and drug addiction. The Trinity Glen Women’s Program opened about six months ago in a former inn off Route 7. Kelly C., whose last name is not being used to protect her identity, is one of the seven women currently living at the facility. It can house up to 11. “Trinity Glen’s program and philosophy has given me the bridge in my life to get back to being healthy and work my program of recovery,” Kelly said. “It has given me the hope to continue with my recovery and it has given me the tools to help me when I leave here.”  Read full article here.

Addiction Counseling Center Opens In Derby

The Valley Independent Sentinel
March 4, 2013

A company that offers counseling and treatment for people struggling with addiction is scheduled to open an office in downtown Derby this spring. The MidWestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism, Inc. (MCCA) has entered into a five-year lease to take up the second floor of 100 Elizabeth St, a two-story brick building next to the Sterling Opera House and state Superior Court. The first floor of the building already houses offices for the state’s Office of Adult Probation. The 5,709-square-foot space will be home to three employees. “We expect as it builds to add employees,” said Joe Sullivan, the MCCA’s chief executive officer. Read full article here.

An Addict’s Father’s Tale: ‘I just didn’t see this’

The Ridgefield Press
Feb. 9, 2013

“There’s kids dying in this town,” the Ridgefield father said. “I wish the kids would come out and say something. I understand that they don’t, but I wish they would.” His son, a 2012 Ridgefield High School graduate, became addicted to oxycodone, a prescription painkiller sold under the name OxyContin. When he said kids in Ridgefield are dying, he was speaking of deaths from addictions to and overdoses of drugs, including prescription medications and even heroin. Read full article here.

Brian Koonz: Drugs, Demons Can Be Beaten

The News Times
Nov. 17, 2012

It was supposed to be like any other morning for Chris Herren, the former NBA point guard. Drive to Dunkin’ Donuts, grab a box of Munchkins for the kids, and shoot up some heroin. Not necessarily in that order. “I felt a feeling I had never felt before. The next thing I remember is glass hitting me in my face and two police officers punching me on the chest,” Heren said, recalling the day in 2004 when cops brought him back to life after he overdosed. Read full article here.