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Transformed: Painter Eric Sorensen

“There’s hope,” says Eric Sorensen. “I keep it simple. I tell them there’s hope.” That’s what he says when he meets someone living what his life was for decades – …

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Making Connections

Creativity is therapeutic, and certainly not just for artists. Stitching sock monkeys, painting on canvas with predrawn images or making an altered journal in an art therapy session – these …

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Creative Expressions

For many, mere mention of the word “creative” is akin to “art.” And for those who consider themselves artistically challenged, it can cause sheer panic. Fortunately, creative expression actually can …

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Hope

What is hope? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, hope is defined as, “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.” I appreciate the dictionary’s …

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Creative Recovery

Drawing on wood or a sketchpad while listening to people’s stories during the 10 recovery meetings he attends a week is soothing and meditative for artist Zoo Cain of Westbrook …

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Bridging the Brain

We tend to think of creativity is an artistic gift – music, painting, drawing, dancing, writing, etc. Creativity may be most visible in art, but it’s so much more than …

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How You Can Boost Your Self Confidence by Learning New Skills

For many people, improvements in confidence and self-esteem come directly from learning. As we learn, as we succeed and even as we fail, we grow. During a period of recovery, …

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Training and Support

Recovery provides a tremendous opportunity to explore and cultivate new parts of ourselves and new ways of living. Many people in the early stages of recovery forge new friendships, try …

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ROCC Stars

Eleven University of Southern Maine graduates had a second, much more intimate commencement ceremony in May, recognizing not only that they had met the graduation requirements, but also the work …

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Credit for Recovery

Damien Ramsdell was just two months away from graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in government and legal studies when he hit rock bottom. “I had made so many …

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