April 2020

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.

This Recovery Life – Melody Paul

Hello everyone! My name is Melody and I’m in recovery. I have been in recovery for twenty months. I honestly have to say that recovery and community has saved my …

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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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Milestone Recovery

Milestone Recovery stands out for running the only non-profit medical detox program in southern Maine and the area’s only homeless shelter for men struggling with substance use disorders. And for …

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People Like Us – Bryan Page

Bryan Page’s battle with addiction took him down a well-worn path: when opioids got too expensive, he switched to heroin, and when heroin brought him to his knees, he called …

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Family Matters

Family members can be a critical support for people in recovery, and they can take what they learn in their families and become allies in the community. As recovery allies …

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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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Non- Profit Showcase – York County Shelter Programs

After 41 years, York County Shelter Programs, Inc., remains true to its original mission – providing comfort and hope to people who have nowhere else to go. The Alfred-based 501(c)(3) …

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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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