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Doug Dunbar’s journey

Doug Dunbar’s journey

Alcohol worked for a while as a way to self-medicate, until the price to pay was too high A person who has desperately needed hope, knows like no other, the power of visible recovery and the hope that is generated from knowing you’re not alone. That there is a...

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 herself. “Every time I hit a milestone or feel proud of it for whatever...

Kevin O’Grady

Kevin O’Grady

Kept trying until he found something that worked Spending much of his life as a functioning alcoholic, Kevin O’Grady knew that he was predisposed to alcoholism as it was present on both sides of his family. Although he partied when he was younger, he didn’t start...

Doug Dunbar’s Journey

Doug Dunbar’s Journey

Alcohol worked for a while as a way to self-medicate, until the price to pay was too high A person who has desperately needed hope knows like no other the power of visible recovery and the hope that is generated from knowing you’re not alone, there is a solution and...

Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen

Courtney Allen remembers the first time she saw the color green. She was 22 years old, a mother of two, and just a few months in recovery. She turned towards one of her oldest friends and said, “Have the trees always been this green?” Courtney’s color-blindness set in...

Brant Dadaleares

Brant Dadaleares

Brant Dadaleares doesn’t ask people he hires if they have a problem with alcohol and drugs. The owner of Gross Confection Bar in Portland’s Old Port offers a very specific piece of advice instead. “Don’t try to pull the wool over my eyes because I’ve done it all,” he...

Sara Kraus

Sara Kraus

Sara Kraus of Harpswell is just finishing work at a local bank. She says she’s nervous about sharing her story – “but if it can help even one other person find their way out of the darkness of alcoholism,” she’s willing. Sara made numerous attempts at recovery before...

Lisa Silverman

Lisa Silverman

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 a brilliant force in Maine’s recovery community for over three...

Glenn Simpson

Glenn Simpson

By the time Glenn Simpson awoke in a psych ward in Pennsylvania to a nurse putting an IV in his arm, he had lost track of a few fundamentals. He didn’t know what day of the week it was, what had happened to his clothes or how he’d covered the 2,439 miles from the Los...

Melissa Rivera

Melissa Rivera

When Melissa Rivera quit drinking, she figured a line or two of cocaine every now and then wouldn’t hurt. Born in Topsham, Maine, to two alcoholic parents, the entrepreneur had perfected the art of self-sabotage early on, walking away from Bowdoin and Bates, from the...

Jennie Joan Ferrare

Jennie Joan Ferrare

Jennie Joan Ferrare was on her way to a blackout when a most unusual thing happened: she saw herself drink, as if duplicated by magic, and understood with absolute certainty what would happen next. The exact circumstances might vary. She might wake up in a hotel room....

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