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6 Ways to Fortify Yourself

6 Ways to Fortify Yourself

During the Pandemic (and Other Challenging Times) Resilience is one of the most important attributes that influences the quality of a person’s life. Our level of resilience affects our mental and physical health, how much difficult people and circumstances impact us,...

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Starting a Courageous Conversation After sharing with a close friend about a frustrating and puzzling situation involving another person, I asked for her perspective and insights. I was especially interested in this friend’s perspectives, given her background as a...

The Process of Intimacy

The Process of Intimacy

Why Intimacy is Difficult for Couples in Recovery Once a committed couple enters the recovery process, the most common concern they relate to is about finding or improving intimacy in their relationship. While the partner with substance use disorder (SUD) may have...

What’s Your (Ally) Language of Love?

What’s Your (Ally) Language of Love?

Find a way that works for you Maybe you’ve heard about the five languages of love. Introduced in the 2015 book, The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, by marriage counselor Gary Chapman, they’re the primary ways that we give and receive love. Chapman...

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Practicing courage, compassion “ and connection in our daily lives is how we cultivate worthiness. The key word is practice.” This book is a practical guide to implementing practices that change the way we see and feel and share experiences, by living The Gifts of...

Be A Positive Influencer

Be A Positive Influencer

This column on Prevention is possible because of the support of Be The Influence, a collaborative group of community members from Windham and Raymond, Maine whose mission, like mine, is to promote healthy choices and help reduce teenage alcohol and other drug use. Be...

What Are Puff Bars?

What Are Puff Bars?

I had never heard of Puff Bars until a colleague recently mentioned them. It turns out that Puff Bars are the new kid on the block in the vaping world. Puff Bars are disposable vape products, aka disposable e-cigarettes. They work just like JUUL, but unlike JUUL, Puff...

Brave the Unknown With Spirit

Brave the Unknown With Spirit

I look at myself in the mirror, stare deep into my eyes, and tell myself, “I can do this. I trust this next step and have faith that Source will guide me.” I’ve reinvented myself so many times that I feel like I’ve lived multiple lives. Some chapters have been dark...

Couples in Recovery on a Spiritual Path

Couples in Recovery on a Spiritual Path

For individuals in recovery, spirituality is an important personal practice. For couples in recovery, how can spirituality play a part in the relationship? Is there a spiritual path couples can walk together? Here are some thoughts from our research and experience as...

Making Deposits

Making Deposits

A way to fix spiritual bankruptcy When something is missing inside of you, there is nothing in the world that you want more than to fill that sense of emptiness. That is how I describe what I felt like for a majority of my young life. I lived in a world of “if only.”...

Take Charge of Your Financial Situation

Take Charge of Your Financial Situation

Three easy steps to get started on the path to financial stability It comes as no surprise that often a person’s financial life mirrors the ups and downs that might be reflected in their physical health. For that reason, we know that a holistic recovery includes...

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