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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.

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 …

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Simplifying Self Care

A must during the COVID 19 Pandemic For me and countless others, self-care practices have been a crucial component of building and maintaining a life of recovery. Today, as our …

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How Service Work Leads to Self-Esteem

I remember the day I realized I hated myself. I was about 90 days sober – and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I sat there ugly crying …

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Daily Self-Care Recovery Practices

In the last issue I had the privilege of introducing a Recovery checklist of Self Care Practices. In recovery we discover that the behaviors and substances that once alleviated our …

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Service to Self – Giving you the foundation to be of service to others

Typically, when we talk about being of service, we mean what we can offer or do for others, or anything moutside of ourselves. And, yet, we can’t give away what …

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The Ripple Effect of Positivity

Community puzzle project now a ‘touchstone’ of hope in women’s prison. The fi rst spark of positivity is often forged at rock bottom. Sheer desperation motivates us to move beyond …

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Compassionate Living

Navigating this strange time of social distancing. Just as handwashing and social distancing are key in the fi ght against coronavirus, emotional connection and compassion are key in the struggle …

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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 who have survived a trifecta of traumatic, adverse experiences—sex trafficking or exploitation, addiction, and …

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Daily Self-Care Recovery Practices

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous it states that alcoholics have an above average intelligence and a sensitive nervous system. Tony Robbins, a well-known motivational speaker, says there are …

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Feeding the Fear or Nourishing the Soul?

There are a lot of grey areas in life, not the least of which is understanding your own needs and wants. It’s a fine line we draw between, ‘Do I …

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