Knowing our Bounds

A man new to recovery has a younger brother. His brother comes to him, asking for advice. Brother believes that his girlfriend is cheating on him. The man in recovery has spent a lot of time in federal prisons. Like many of us addicts, he's done terrible, hurtful things, and he is

How to Really Hurt an Addict

Addiction is predictable. You already know the life circumstances that precede addiction: trauma, parental addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, lack of education… no surprises there. These compound intersectionally, so if we’re looking at a child of addicts who is abused or neglected and living in poverty, they are very likely to become

The Financial Impossibility of Recovery

I’m going to invite you to imagine something very difficult. As you read each paragraph here, try to really put yourself in these shoes; feel what these experiences would bring up for you. Who would you be if this was your reality? Ok, ready?  Your single mother was a violent, depressed addict,

The Conjoinment of Addiction and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and addiction are not just closely related; they’re often the same exact pattern. They feed and inform one another, and it is all but impossible to break either cycle without breaking both. If an addict gets clean but does not address the patterns of (usually intergenerational) trauma expressing as domestic

Letting go

Sometimes we don’t want to live anymore. We feel that we’ve lived through or caused so much pain and broken our lives so thoroughly that it seems like death would be easier, gentler, and healthier.  This mindset is common for addicts. Many of us have (or think we have) done terrible things

Burgers and New Friends

The Friend's House has been welcoming some new faces recently, and the new crew of guys are all excited about gaining some deeper culinary prowess. So this morning, a few of us headed to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for homemade burgers. We learned how to safely dice onions and

Our mailing address has changed!

The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition has a new mailing address. Please use: Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition 63 Washington Street Camden, ME 04843 We are no longer leasing office space (or receiving mail) at 411 Main Street in Rockland - since we are spending most of our time at The Friends House and 63 Washington

63 Washington Street (Women's Recovery Residence)

WE DID IT !!! 400 individual donors raised $160,000 in 30 days for the new Women’s Recovery Home in Camden, ME.

If ever our community wanted to demonstrate its commitment to address the drug addiction epidemic in our neighborhoods, the public support for the purchase of 63 Washington Street in Camden made it very clear:  Our community supports recovery big time!!! [caption id="attachment_2538" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 63 Washington Street (Women's Recovery Residence)[/caption] More than