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Alison Webb

Alison Webb, MPH, PS-C, a columnist for Journey, is a public health professional with over 20 years’ experience in community outreach and organizing, substance use and overdose prevention, community based substance use recovery supports, and linking community members with healthcare services. Alison is a strong recovery ally in her own community, where she has been a member of the Portland Overdose Task Force, Young People in Recovery, and as a past member of the Board of the Portland Recovery Community Center. She is active in legislative advocacy to increase recovery support services.
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Probation Officers

Probation Officers

Wearing multiple hats The purpose of my job is genuinely to help people move on with their lives.” That’s how Alicia Smith, Probation Officer with the Department of Corrections, describes her job. She works in Portland now, having transitioned recently from working...

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Recovery residences

Recovery residences

Homes full of hope and encouragement Most people enter recovery at home, and family members learn alongside their loved ones how to live a new life in wellness and hope. But when living at home isn’t possible, going to a recovery residence – also known as a sober...

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Medication Assistance

Medication Assistance

Providing a foundation for solid steps into a recovery journey Sarah Siegel grew up on Cliff Island, and today she has a great life. She has a family, and she is a recovery coach and a spiritual leader. She loves to meditate, read about different religious paths, play...

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Five tips for being a recovery ally

Five tips for being a recovery ally

Being a recovery ally is a journey, a lifelong commitment to take actions that support people in recovery. There are many ways to show your support. Here are some tips that I have learned from my friends and colleagues in recovery. 1. Listen There’s nothing like...

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Recovery Allies – Photographers

Recovery Allies – Photographers

In the early days and weeks of recovery, when the heart is raw, relationships are shattered, deep fear about what happens next abounds and a future in wellness seems impossible, Joanne Arnold captures moments of connection that tell stories of determination and hope....

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Family Matters

Family Matters

Family members can be a critical support for people in recovery, and they can take what they learn in their families and become allies in the community. As recovery allies - parents, stepparents, grandparents, step grandparents, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters,...

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Yoga Instructors

Yoga Instructors

There are so many ways that yoga allies can support your recovery journey! I spoke with four yoga instructors who have experienced the transformative power of yoga and want to share it with others. Elise Boyson, the Executive Director of Sea Change Yoga in Portland,...

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The Clergy

The Clergy

For many people, the recovery journey includes a deepening conviction and dedication to what is holy, and for some this path includes Christian worship. I spoke recently with three pastors and two church members about the role of clergy and the faith community in...

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Recovery Allies

Recovery Allies

Unexpected Messengers of Hope Police departments across the state are on the front lines of addressing Maine’s addiction crisis. The opioid epidemic has been front and center for law enforcement for many years, and local police departments have worked on reducing...

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Rotarians can make a big impact on addiction crisis

Rotarians can make a big impact on addiction crisis

If you want to know how to bring people together and create connections, just ask a Rotarian. “Rotary brings people from the community together every week. I can’t think of another organization that has that kind of reach.” That’s the message Lisa Hallee, a member of...

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Unexpected Messengers of Hope

Unexpected Messengers of Hope

Police departments across the state are on the front lines of addressing Maine’s addiction crisis. The opioid epidemic has been front and center for law enforcement for many years, and local police departments have worked on reducing overdose deaths and helping people...

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Business Owners

Business Owners

Business owners play a crucial role in creating recovery friendly communities. They can be change agents when it comes to supporting people in recovery and creating opportunities along their journey to wellness. In addition to proactively employing people in recovery,...

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