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Recovery Works for ME

Recovery Works for ME

I am a person in long-term recovery and work at the Bangor Area Recovery Network in the field of peer-based recovery support services. I am intimately familiar with the barriers individuals face...

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What is Prevention?

What is Prevention?

The dictionary defines prevention as a way to stop something from happening before it starts. How do we prevent addiction from happening? Addiction is a disease. It centers in the brain. The best...

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The Recurrence Response

The Recurrence Response

The question we get asked the most in the work we do with couples in recovery is the dreaded: “What happens if one of us relapses?” A Recurrence can happen to both the person with the substance use...

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Spirit Illuminated

Spirit Illuminated

Over the years, many have asked how I acquired my intuitive abilities. My answer is always the same: intuition is your sixth sense; it is the means by which your spirit speaks. Intuition, along with...

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When in Doubt, Choose Challenge

When in Doubt, Choose Challenge

I started writing this on March 16 after taking a brief dip in the ocean. While the outdoor temperature was mild—in the mid-40s—the water was 38 degrees. I wasn’t really in the mood for jumping into...

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Coming to Faith

Coming to Faith

Accessing a faith that works Learning that I would be persecuted for my faith, I laughed. Having suffered the horrors of active addiction, nobody could persecute me more than myself. Yet I fear your...

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The Recurrence Response

Couples in Recovery

Welcome back to Couples in Recovery! For this issue we’re going to define the difference between co-dependency and interdependency because ultimately, we all want our relationships to evolve into a...

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Letting Go

No longer carrying the weight of my past When I started my recovery journey in 2019, I had no idea the freedoms I would be able to enjoy today. While at times the process has been extremely...

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Bringing Love Into the Room

Harm reduction creates opportunities for positive change Having worked in public health for the last ten years, I have spent a lot of time talking with people—in meetings, work groups, task forces,...

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We Have Superpowers!

We Have Superpowers!

Harnessed superpowers aid in community transformations Did you know that we all have superpowers? It’s true! But sometimes we don’t know how to turn them on. Our powers don’t come with a set of...

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Accessing Recovery Supports

Accessing Recovery Supports

Everyone’s Welcome + Peer Support We talk about the “recovery community” as if there is one—when, in fact, there are many. The recovery community is as diverse as humankind. Substance use disorder...

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search for serenity

The Search for Serenity Taking the world as it is, not what I would have it be by Niki Curtis The word serenity often invokes images of white sand beaches, tranquil ponds, puffy white clouds. and...

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Peer Recovery Coaching

Peer Recovery Coaching        Providing support and guidance along your path                                              by Leslie Clark What is a peer recovery coach? A peer recovery coach...

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Myles Bullen

Creative expression Myles Bullen leans on tools he used to get sober to process losses in new album, “Healing Hurts.”                                      by Amy Paradysz Portland-based songwriter,...

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Maulian Dana

Maulian Dana

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation Maulian Dana, the Penobscot Nation’s first Tribal Ambassador, made a choice on June 4, 2018 to stop drinking—altogether, forever— and has kept that promise to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Mission Driven

Mission Driven

Eddie Greyfox Burgess delivers curbside wellness Nothing draws a crowd like a turquoise 1965 Ford Fairlane shining in the sun—and that’s exactly what Eddie Greyfox Burgess was looking for in a...

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Tech Support

Tech Support

At the intersection of a pandemic and an epidemic, telemedicine revolutionizes addiction treatment. When Dr. Ted Logan of Maine Behavioral Healthcare transitioned his substance use disorder practice...

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Braided Services

Braided Services

Penobscot Nation’s Healing to Wellness Court weaves cultural connections into drug court program Rhonda Decontie grew up tagging along with her father, Frank Decontie, an addiction recovery...

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The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

Community puzzle project now a ‘touchstone’ of hope in women’s prison. The first spark of positivity is often forged at rock bottom. Sheer desperation motivates us to move beyond the horrors of our...

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Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

Courageous men learning to be in compassion Six times a week, ten men walk into Stephen Andrew’s office on Middle Street in Portland, slip off their shoes, sit in a circle and do something that...

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Navigating the holidays

Navigating the holidays

Consider them a time for growth: Reassess traditions, and be true to yourself and of service to others Are your usual traditions no longer fulfilling? The Rev. Jacob Watson says it’s wise to create...

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Recycled Rides

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...

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All together now

All together now

Across the state, recovery support organizations are grounded in community With a multifaceted issue like addiction, there’s no one road to recovery. In fact, there are many. Community approaches...

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Making Connections

Making Connections

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

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