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We are fortunate to live during a time when there are many options for finding and sustaining lasting recovery from addiction. We are all individuals and while there are many aspects of our personal journeys that may be similar to those of others, we are each called to discover for ourselves what works and what doesn’t work for us. Recovery is a personal process and there is no right or wrong way to recover. We may find that certain modalities and methods help us at different times in the healing process. This is a beautiful thing. Journey’s Many Paths column shines a light on different approaches that people use to maintain lasting recovery without endorsing specific approaches or recovery programs. We ultimately leave it up to you, the reader, to decide what works best for you, while presenting you with multiple pathways to recovery.

Give the Gift

A friend recently mentioned how she’d done a project with our mutual friend Amy Wood, an executive coach and author of Life Your Way. This woman said how much she …

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Bouncing Back Luckily, our brains are hardwired to be resilient

As we call for a shift from chronic disease management to a recovery oriented system of care, resiliency research lets us build a bridge that links prevention, treatment and recovery. …

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Having had enough, women go straight to the top for help

Maine’s Director of Opioid Response steps in to help get a recovery community center for Millinocket Gordon Smith was breezing past his desk one day this past spring when the …

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Is it selfish to love yourself? No way – it’s healthy!

When was the last time you celebrated yourself? Have you ever celebrated yourself? Wouldn’t that be egotistical? Isn’t that selfcentered? In a word … No! In fact, the opposite is …

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Recovery’s elder stateswoman celebrates four sober decades

Ninety-year-old Joan Giles has much to celebrate, having been part of Maine’s recovery community for 41 years. Journey’s Amy Paradysz talked with Joan at the Sarah Frye Home, an assisted …

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Navigating the holidays

Consider them a time for growth: Reassess traditions, and be true to yourself and of service to others Are your usual traditions no longer fulfilling? The Rev. Jacob Watson says …

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Know that there are so many ways to find your joy again

Tis the season to be jolly, right? Sometimes it’s not that simple! Toward the end of my drinking days, the joy I had always felt around the holidays was no …

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Celebrate the little achievements that drive your big ones

Why is it so easy for many of us to celebrate holidays and our “big” successes but we have trouble acknowledging our smaller everyday successes? Celebrating holidays has always been …

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Acing your interview

Being a person in recovery means confronting the consequences of past mistakes, and this truth is never more evident than when it’s time to go back to work. Someone in …

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Dare to DREAM again

What do you believe about yourself? We often hear it said that we are spiritual beings, but how much faith do you really have in the unseen power of your …

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