We at Sunrise wish to express our heartfelt sorrow and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and to the community of Newtown. Tragedies like this defy expression, and only time can lessen the pain. Along with the rest of the world, we try our best to convey our shock, sadness, prayers and good wishes to all.
There are lessons to be learned from tragedy. We do not know if Adam Lanza’s path could have been changed at some point by the observation of an alert practitioner, or if the freedoms inherent in our way of life would have permitted any sort of intervention, but it is possible. We do not know if he was a substance abuser or addict. Nonetheless, these events should stand as a reminder to all addiction professionals that we need to remain alert for the co-occurring conditions that so frequently accompany our specialty.