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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.

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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Massage: Nourishing Your Mind/Body Connection

Did you know that part of a muscle’s anatomy is called the belly? In a muscle, the belly is the biggest part of the muscle where the majority of muscle …

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Blessed with Innate Nourishment

From the time I can remember, I have had a driving, insatiable curiosity. My time spent wandering through the woods and along the shore, communing with Nature, observing light, motion, …

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Redefining Nourishment

What nourishes you today may not tomorrow What people, places, and activities feel most nourishing to your mind, body, and spirit? Do you have a regular practice that keeps you …

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Brotherly Love

Courageous men learning to be in compassion Six times a week, ten men walk into Stephen Andrew’s offi ce on Middle Street in Portland, slip off their shoes, sit in …

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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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