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Managing Finances

Dropping the judgmental and prescriptive — shifting to personal goals and small actions I’ve been in financial services for 20+ years, some in banking but mostly helping folks who are often left out have better access. Some old terms we used were “financial literacy...

Stealth Camping with Hundreds of My Closest Friends

Stealth Camping with Hundreds of My Closest Friends

An excerpt from a recently published book by a Mainer who is a friend of Bill W’s. Zinnia, a lonely, retired nurse, is on a solo adventure. Road trip! Curiosity leads her to national parks, the world’s largest golf tee, colorful characters, and friendly AA meetings in...

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 family. Tania struggled...

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 the frigid water, which is exactly why I did it. I’m glad I did it,...

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 persecution or worse, the idea you might not like me because I...

Couples in Recovery

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 healthy, interdependent relationship. The terms can be confusing so...

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, steering committees, and workshops—about the negative effects of...

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 instructions. That’s where Open Table can help. Open Table is a national...

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 in the wrong...

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 doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender, or sexual...

Are You Surviving Or Thriving?

Choose the perspective that supports you There’s a big difference between surviving and thriving. As a human being you are wired for surviving in this physical world – biologically, emotionally, and mentally. As a spiritual being you are designed to thrive as an...

Surviving or Thriving

   Are You Surviving Or Thriving? Choose the perspective that supports you by Kimble Greene, PhD There’s a big difference between surviving and thriving. As a human being you are wired for surviving in this physical world – biologically, emotionally, and mentally. As...

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