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Kayla Kalel

AGE: 29RESIDENCE: BANGOROCCUPATION: STUDENTTIME IN RECOVERY: 4 YEARS What has surprised you the most about sober living? Coming into Recovery is just the beginning, the life that recovery gives is …

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Kick the Sugar Habit

Did you know that people can be biologically addicted to sugar in a way that is similar to addiction to nicotine, alcohol and drugs? Many people recovering from addiction replace …

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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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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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Cultivating Wisdom

When I hear the word education, I envision a classroom filled with metal desks and small hard wooden chairs. I think of young ones whose creativity is crushed because of …

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Elaine Lilley

What? Who said that? As I prepared to go out for an evening of dinner and drinks, I heard it. Soft and subtle, but not my own. You know that …

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The Beginning

I’ve been told that you can stand to do any task for five minutes and that this is a good way to approach the dreaded house cleaning chore. So, as …

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Melissa Rivera

When Melissa Rivera quit drinking, she figured a line or two of cocaine every now and then wouldn’t hurt. Born in Topsham, Maine, to two alcoholic parents, the entrepreneur had …

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Amanda Lapointe

AGE: 33RESIDENCE: PORTLANDOCCUPATION: PERSONAL SUPPORT SPECIALISTTIME IN RECOVERY: 16 MONTHS What has surprised you the most about sober living? Finding my voice and being honest, open and vulnerable in front …

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Your Brain on Recovery

At four months sober, I stepped off of the metro in Washington, DC, to see the cherry blossom trees in full bloom. I stood there in awe at the beauty. …

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