November 2019

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.

Recycled Rides – A Saco collision repair shop makes it easier for people in recovery to move on

As Jessica Truman reached one year of sobriety in November 2017, her next steps were daunting: Rent an apartment, get a car, find a job and reunite with her three …

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At Amistad, relationships are built on mutual respect

Originally founded in Portland in 1982 as a support community for families affected by mental illness, Amistad Peer Support and Recovery Center has since evolved into a supportive place for …

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Paradigm Windows

Open mind, open heart, and opportunity At a recent recovery job fair in Biddeford, a young man walked up to the Paradigm Windows table and introduced himself to Lark Pitts, …

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Recovery off the mainland’s a little different

When home is an unbridged island, people in recovery turn to creative means to access support services While life on one of Maine’s 15 unbridged islands can seem idyllic, the …

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November 2019 From the Publisher

GETTING CLEAR ON COMMUNITY To get completely clear on what we mean by giving this latest Journey issue a ‘“community theme,” I decided to look up the word “community.” It …

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This Recovery Life – Sarah Siegel

I grew up on a tiny island called Cliff, off the coast of Portland in Casco Bay. A great deal of my childhood was steeped in the magnificent beauty that …

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On The Journey

What has surprised you the most about sober living? I was surprised that I can genuinely love myself and live a life where I don’t make decisions for myself based …

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People Like Us Live Like This

Lisa Silverman finds lasting healing through holistic practices and shows others the eclectic path recovery can take. With her unique sense of style and radiant personality, Lisa Silverman has been …

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All together now

With a multifaceted issue like addiction, there’s no one road to recovery. In fact, there are many. Community approaches are just as unique. The Bangor area has a community center …

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H.O.P.E.: Finding meaning, value and purpose

Dr. Ken Hamilton, founder of H.O.P.E. (Healing of Persons Exceptional) Groups, was fascinated by health and healing from the time he was a young Maine boy. His experiences set him …

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