Addiction treatment programs can help people get clean of drugs or alcohol. The hard part is keeping them that way.\u201cYou\u2019ve got the 28-day program, and people fall out,\u201d Tim Hastings told the selectmen. \u201c...It\u2019s the follow-up that\u2019s really the shortfall.\u201dHastings, a real estate agent, was unanimously appointed by the Board of Selectmen to a second stint on the town\u2019s Prevention Council.\u201cI\u2019ve been involved with addiction for over 20 years, in different capacities,\u201d Hastings told the selectmen. \u201c... It\u2019s a passion of mine.\u201dSelectwoman Barbara Manners asked if people coming out of rehabilitation weren\u2019t steered into a longer-term support program.\u201cIt\u2019s highly suggested,\u201d Hastings said.But many people don\u2019t get involved in follow-up \u2014 and that can cost them dearly.\u201cYou put it off a day, and put it off another day, and then you\u2019re right back at it,\u201d Hastings said.Hastings said that with drugs like heroin and fentanyl easily available these days, substance abuse is a more difficult problem to control than it had been when he first got involved in the effort years ago.\u201cThings are tougher now,\u201d he said.There are \u201ca lot of repeats at McDonough House,\u201d the rehabilitation facility in Danbury, he said.As for what the high school is doing in the way of prevention work, Hasting didn\u2019t sound impressed.\u201cThey don\u2019t do enough,\u201d he told the selectmen.As far as teaching to young people about the dangers of drugs, he recommended guest speakers of an age the kids can relate to.\u201cI\u2019d bring in 19, 20, 21-year-old people,\u201d he said. \u201cThey\u2019re not going to listen to me, I\u2019m an old man.\u201dHe added, \u201cMaybe bring in young people out of prison.\u201dToday\u2019s world is tough for young people to navigate, and drug and alcohol problems are one of the symptoms of a society pervaded by anxiety.First Selectmen Rudy Marconi recalled seeing a report on the problems that bring students to school nurses\u2019 offices.\u201cOver 50% are mental,\u201d he said. \u201cThey really don\u2019t have a physical illness.\u201dAnother aspect of the problem, Marconi said, is a society too quick to offer pills as a solution.\u201cWhen someone comes in and uses a word like \u2018depression\u2019 and \u2018anxiety\u2019 \u2014 you\u2019ll have a prescription in 15 minutes,\u201d he said.Hastings said he\u2019d worked in fund-raising efforts that Prevention Council does in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club.\u201cThe carnival we do is a big fund-raiser,\u201d he said.The selectmen voted unanimously on April 17 to appoint Hastings to serve once again on the Prevention Council and help fight the inroads drugs and alcohol are making into the Ridgefield community.The Prevention Council is an 11-member town agency with seats for nine adults and two students members. With Hastings\u2019 appointment there are eight adults and one student on the council \u2014 leaving room for one more of each.