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Amy Paradyz

Amy Paradysz writes for Journey, Maine Women Magazine, Green & Healthy Maine Homes and the Portland Press Herald. She has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She lives in Scarborough.
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Sober living comes full circle

Sober living comes full circle

Biddeford couple invests in the lives of people newly in recovery For someone right out of rehab, getting their finances in order enough to rent and furnish an apartment and set up utilities—all while keeping focus on their ongoing recovery—can be too much. “What I...

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Maine’s first co-ed recovery residence

Maine’s first co-ed recovery residence

El Rancho de la Vida ‘steers’ the way to wellness In the ranch-like atmosphere of Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, Calif., Jamie Lebish was able to drop his façade and focus on his early recovery from opioid addiction in the late 1990s. Twenty-two years into long-term...

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Maulian Dana

Maulian Dana

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s first Tribal Ambassador, made a choice on June 4, 2018 to stop drinking—altogether, forever— and has kept that promise to herself. “Every time I hit a milestone or feel proud of it for whatever...

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The Farm – Maine’s oldest co-ed treatment center

The Farm – Maine’s oldest co-ed treatment center

Licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) Michael Yerema is celebrating his 25th year at Aroostook Mental Health Center’s co-ed Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) in Limestone, commonly called “The Farm.” “I’ve seen hope,” Michael says. “There’s a need for this...

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Mission Driven

Mission Driven

Eddie Greyfox Burgess delivers curbside wellness Nothing draws a crowd like a turquoise 1965 Ford Fairlane shining in the sun—and that’s exactly what Eddie Greyfox Burgess was looking for in a “wellness mobile.” “It was contemplating its life mission and its personal...

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Tech Support

Tech Support

At the intersection of a pandemic and an epidemic, telemedicine revolutionizes addiction treatment. When Dr. Ted Logan of Maine Behavioral Healthcare transitioned his substance use disorder practice to mostly telemedicine, COVID-19 was still at least three years in...

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Braided Services

Braided Services

Penobscot Nation’s Healing to Wellness Court weaves cultural connections into drug court program Rhonda Decontie grew up tagging along with her father, Frank Decontie, an addiction recovery counselor, to 12-step meetings where she would recite The Serenity Prayer...

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Sophia’s House Program Director :  Tricia Grant

Sophia’s House Program Director : Tricia Grant

How does a girl from Lewiston get sexually trafficked? And then become a leader in the recovery movement? Tricia Grant grew up exposed to alcohol, drugs, and sexual abuse and, by the time she was 12, she was struggling with housing stability. At 14, she was pregnant....

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Sophia’s House, a safe place to call home

Sophia’s House, a safe place to call home

A former convent in Lewiston is now a safe haven for a small community of women Women who have survived a trifecta of traumatic, adverse experiences—sex trafficking or exploitation, addiction, and incarceration. “We’re more than a sober house,” said Sophia House...

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Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

Courageous men learning to be in compassion Six times a week, ten men walk into Stephen Andrew’s office on Middle Street in Portland, slip off their shoes, sit in a circle and do something that takes some courage at first—they talk about their feelings. Andrew, a...

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