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“It’s almost a place of horror when you realize that your best thinking and best capabilities are no match against addiction.”

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The Anonymous Path – Beth

The Anonymous Path – Beth

Beth’s decision to share her story is motivated by the hope that one person will read this, relate and find some help and happiness for themselves in AA. Doing this anonymously allows her to do it while respecting the 12th tradition of Alcoholics...

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You Don’t Have to Be a Prisoner of Your Past

You Don’t Have to Be a Prisoner of Your Past

Own It, Accept It and Share It Colleen Garrick describes prison as “probably one of the most beautiful experiences in my life”… not something I expected to hear in our interview. The first thing that hit me when meeting Colleen in our initial...

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Veronica Ingrao

Veronica Ingrao

Eleven years. It took me 11 years to painfully claw through just two years of college. My family immigrated to the United States with $100 so my sister and I could access high-quality education. Three generations of female doctors, who lived...

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Tania Margate

Tania Margate

My name is Tania. I am 47 years old and I live in Harpswell, Maine. My recovery spans through different inpatient and long-term recovery houses, recovery programs, halfway houses, and a lot of women along the way willing to support me and my...

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Melody Rose Paul

Melody Rose Paul

Melody Rose Paul’s habit of blackout drinking resulted in many nights in jail cells, but her long, winding struggle with addiction reached a turning point when she found herself alone in prison. “I started to realize… [that] my life path was going...

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Stephen Chabot

Stephen Chabot

"I think the biggest thing for me was learning to have fun again without alcohol.”     I like to look ahead and focus on all the positives and the benefits of sobriety, on the things I can do now that I couldn’t do 10 years ago,” says Steve....

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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....

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Rebecca Laber-Smith

Rebecca Laber-Smith

What has surprised you the most about sober living? How good it feels! And that I’m never bored! Contrary to my pre-recovery beliefs (that I would never have fun again and that I was doomed to a lonely, friendless life) I have richer experiences...

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Ashley Reny

Ashley Reny

I’m 33 years old. I grew up in Sabattus, Maine in a very loving family who gave me everything I could have ever needed. Tragically, my father committed suicide when I was 19, and about a year after that, I started using substances to numb myself...

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Amy Alexander

Amy Alexander

Having left her foster family at age 14, Amy went through more than 8 rehabs while dealing with addiction and substance abuse. She shares her struggle through addiction, rehabilitation, losing her son and her life and finally achieving full...

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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,...

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Eleanor Trask

Eleanor Trask

My lifestyle during active use was very dark. There were no limits as to what I would do to obtain my next high. I had used every substance in any manner that I could. I was a human garbage disposal. I was incapable of feeling comfortable in my own...

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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, there...

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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...

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Mike Ouellette

Mike Ouellette

Mike Ouellette says the lowest point of his life was November 14, 2014. He had been struggling for a long time. He had lost his parents to cancer, and a sibling had also been diagnosed with cancer. Mike had moved from his northern Maine hometown to...

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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...

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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...

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Louis Grassi

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 very loving. They took us to church every weekend, and my siblings and I certainly were well fed –...

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Sarah Siegel

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 Maine’s wild places offer. I enjoyed nature, fishing and playing with my beloved cat, Lady. I...

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Niki Curtis

Niki Curtis

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 on the approval of others. I remember at one point in very early pre-recovery when I...

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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...

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Sam Marr

Sam Marr

What has surprised you the most about sober living? Finding enjoyment and pleasure in life without the use of a substance. What is your greatest joy today? Being able to be present not only for those around me but for myself. For so long I kept...

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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...

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Kayla Kalel

Kayla Kalel

What has surprised you the most about sober living? Coming into Recovery is just the beginning, the life that recovery gives is something I could never have thought up myself (even in my wildest dreams). What is your greatest joy today? My...

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Elaine Lilley

Elaine Lilley

What? Who said that? As I prepared to go out for an evening of dinner and drinks, I heard it. Soft and subtle, but not my own. You know that voice that warns you to not go down that street or not to eat that fish because it is not fresh? Yeah, that...

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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...

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Amanda Lapointe

Amanda Lapointe

What has surprised you the most about sober living? Finding my voice and being honest, open and vulnerable in front of others actually brings people closer together. I always thought that being vulnerable was a sign of weakness, not a strength!...

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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...

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Imagine

Imagine

IMAGINE: This morning you noticed that the sun is shining. It’s cold, sure, but the snow-covered landscape is hushed and lovely. Truly, why would anyone want to live anywhere but Maine? Your roommate has made coffee. You’ll be leaving for a...

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Heather Huntley

Heather Huntley

What has surprised you the most about sober living? That I really wasn't born under a black cloud. The bad choices I made determined the things that were happening to me in life, as the good choices I'm making now are determining all the great...

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Celebrating Recovery and freedom from addiction: a video series

Now available on youtube – what it was like, what happened and what it’s like now

Sponsored by RALI-Maine and Pear Therapeutics 

Shock, anger, feeling alone and like a bad parent are the emotions Karen and Eddie went through dealing with a daughter’s addiction. They talk about their recovery journey with their children who suffered from alcoholism.

— Karen & Eddie from Portland, Maine share about a family in recovery

 

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