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Growing recovery strong communities in Maine
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Written by Leslie Clark

Getting through these times together

Recovery community centers are formed by people in recovery, for people in recovery. We build community by sharing our stories and listening to the stories of others. When we are in community, we are home. We are with our people.

Just a few months ago, when we could no longer gather in person, volunteers and staff from recovery community centers throughout Maine ramped up virtual support providing meetings and reaching out by telephone to thousands of people. Maine’s recovery community centers were dedicated ultimately the lives of millions of others, the phone has been a lifeline for people in recovery. We are continually encouraged to just “pick up the phone.”

Today’s technology allows us to see, as well as hear each other. From our homes, we’ve met each other’s pets, waved at young children running past, and had peeks into one another’s kitchens, living rooms, and gardens.

But, what about people new to recovery, whose phone lists were nonexistent or who didn’t even have a phone? What about people experiencing homelessness? Without the basics of housing, food, and safety how can one begin to address addiction and fi nd a new ways of living?

All recovery community centers in Maine offer free peer recovery coaching. Recovery coaches are not therapists, counselors, clinicians, clergy or 12 step sponsors. They complete a nationally certified program and value all pathways of recovery. Recovery coaches remove barriers and help with identifying and obtaining community-based services and resources, including housing and technology. Recovery coaches help people identify their own unique pathways for a joyful life.

Leslie Clark

Leslie Clark

Leslie M. Clark, MSW serves as executive director of Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC). Leslie speaks openly as a person in long-term recovery to help reduce stigma and advocate for resources and effective public policy.