PORTLAND — Maine is among the top 10 states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths, and that rate is on the rise. More alcohol is sold per capita in Maine than the national average, and 1 in 3 driving deaths is related to alcohol or drug use. There are other countless negative impacts of addiction on our society. The good news is that there are millions of people in recovery, thousands of them in Maine, and that number is also on the rise. Journey magazine provides positive support for those new to recovery and those who work every day to stay there.
Addiction does not discriminate by age, socio-economic status, education or profession, and its ripple effects reach far and wide. By shining a light on recovery and showing what freedom from addiction looks like, Journey magazine supports those who want to recover, brings them hope and creates a brighter and safer future for all.
As a woman in longtime recovery, Journey Publisher and CEO Carolyn Delaney knows firsthand how large the ripple effect of addiction is on family and community, and she knows the importance of supporting those in recovery. Grateful for the help she received on her own journey, she is paying it forward by creating a first-of-its kind, local platform to celebrate recovery, amplify hope and connect and empower those who struggle and those who love people who struggle.
Delaney leads a diverse staff of 20 volunteers to produce Journey, which includes professionally written articles on topics of interest to those in recovery and their allies. Feature articles highlight the successful recovery stories of local residents and local experts write on finances, wellness, spirituality, recovery program options and more. Journey is the first magazine specifically written for Mainers in recovery. It is not affiliated with any rehabs or treatment programs, instead focusing on helping Mainers find resources that fit their needs. It sends the message that whatever recovery path is chosen, we’re all in this together and we need to support each other.
Journey premiered in early March and is currently distributed from Bath to Kennebunk on a bi-monthly basis for 2019 and then monthly starting in 2020. Copies can be found at local newsstands, coffee shops and other areas where free magazines are available. Journey plans to be available statewide by spring 2020. You can also read it online at www.www.recovery-journey.com.