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This is my Bill W. plant.

This is my Bill W. plant.

by Tania Margate I was a client in the last group in Crossroads Backcove halfway house for women before the program was discontinued. The program was slated for closure and so the plants were up for grabs. When I saw this one I had to have it. I didn’t know when I...

People in recovery and plants

People in recovery and plants

With proper care, they both flourish and grow At times, they get rootbound, a consequence of not having enough room to grow and change is necessary or they will wither and potentially die. One really powerful thing that plants and people in recovery have in common is...

Sober living comes full circle

Sober living comes full circle

Biddeford couple invests in the lives of people newly in recovery For someone right out of rehab, getting their finances in order enough to rent and furnish an apartment and set up utilities—all while keeping focus on their ongoing recovery—can be too much. “What I...

Maine’s first co-ed recovery residence

Maine’s first co-ed recovery residence

El Rancho de la Vida ‘steers’ the way to wellness In the ranch-like atmosphere of Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, Calif., Jamie Lebish was able to drop his façade and focus on his early recovery from opioid addiction in the late 1990s. Twenty-two years into long-term...

Recovery residences

Recovery residences

Homes full of hope and encouragement Most people enter recovery at home, and family members learn alongside their loved ones how to live a new life in wellness and hope. But when living at home isn’t possible, going to a recovery residence – also known as a sober...

Students Empowered to End Dependency

Students Empowered to End Dependency

A local teen-based initiative is on a mission to elevate community messaging about the dangers of chemical dependency In one way or another, chemical dependency can and does affect us all. Visible recovery stories help us understand that this disease does not...

Medication Assistance

Medication Assistance

Providing a foundation for solid steps into a recovery journey Sarah Siegel grew up on Cliff Island, and today she has a great life. She has a family, and she is a recovery coach and a spiritual leader. She loves to meditate, read about different religious paths, play...

The Nature of Family

The Nature of Family

Choose the perspective that supports you Family is an interesting concept. For some, our childhood experience of family is remembered in large part with fondness and love. For others, many of the memories are traumatic. Then there are the cultural expectations that...

Parents Dealing with their Kids Addiction and Alcoholism

Parents Dealing with their Kids Addiction and Alcoholism

Karen and Eddie’s story “Who do we turn to?  Who do we go to?” These are some of the questions Karen and Eddie asked themselves when their oldest daughter showed signs of addiction. They went through shock, anger and loneliness, constantly wondering where they had...

Agape “ah-gah-pay”

Ancient greek word meaning “the highest form of love” Frustrated by the lack of accessible counseling services in 1998, Portland therapist Stephen Andrew founded Agape, a parent organization for three separate nonprofits: Inner Edge, The Men’s Resource Center of...

The Farm – Maine’s oldest co-ed treatment center

The Farm – Maine’s oldest co-ed treatment center

Licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) Michael Yerema is celebrating his 25th year at Aroostook Mental Health Center’s co-ed Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) in Limestone, commonly called “The Farm.” “I’ve seen hope,” Michael says. “There’s a need for this...

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