September 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.

Recovery Allies

For many people, the recovery journey includes a deepening conviction and dedication to what is holy, and for some this path includes Christian worship. I spoke recently with three pastors …

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Foster creativity. Become a more valuable employee. Grow your career.

Regardless of what kind of work you do, being more creative makes you more valuable. Whether you come up with innovative ways of doing things or find new approaches to …

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This Recovery Life – Louis Grassi

Hi. I’m 32 and have lived in Maine all my life. I’m in recovery, and I’m proud of that. I had a wonderful childhood – my parents were generous and …

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Transformed: Painter Eric Sorensen

“There’s hope,” says Eric Sorensen. “I keep it simple. I tell them there’s hope.” That’s what he says when he meets someone living what his life was for decades – …

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Making Connections

Creativity is therapeutic, and certainly not just for artists. Stitching sock monkeys, painting on canvas with predrawn images or making an altered journal in an art therapy session – these …

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Creative Expressions

For many, mere mention of the word “creative” is akin to “art.” And for those who consider themselves artistically challenged, it can cause sheer panic. Fortunately, creative expression actually can …

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Part 3: A Look at a Critical Equation

This is the third installment of  our series on financial health  and wellness. Last month, we talked about a ratio that can affect your credit score – the credit utilization …

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The Family Restored: Offering treatment scholarships, support and hope to the recovery community

Born out of a desire to offer support to families coping with a loved one’s addiction, a small group of people from the Portland recovery community created a support meeting …

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The Holy Donut

When Jen Horton interviewed for a human resources position at The Holy Donut earlier this year, she met with CEO Jeff Buckwalter in its Scarborough store. While talking with him, …

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Creative Recovery

Drawing on wood or a sketchpad while listening to people’s stories during the 10 recovery meetings he attends a week is soothing and meditative for artist Zoo Cain of Westbrook …

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