Ryan Gamage Stairway to Recovery – Thank you Everyone!

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3282" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Midcoast Recovery Coalition would like to thank everyone that attended the dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 6th.  It was a beautiful day to recognize Ryan and all those who fight this terrible disease. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="3303,3288,3299,3302,3300,3298,3297,3290,3289,3287"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Common Sense for Uncommon Times

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition efforts to stem the spread of Coronavirus and COVID-19 It is a challenging time for everyone and recovery residences, being communal in nature, are particularly challenging when it comes to curbing the spread of infectious diseases. However, it is this communal nature that is essential to aiding in

Success is our Mission!

When I got to the recovery house yesterday, I cried. Big, air-gulping sobs, the kind that take your breath away and make you picture spring flowers and puppies to try to calm down. I knew she was leaving. But it hit me like a tornado.... which is what she was like when

Opportunity in Crisis

Are you feeling some stress these days? Maybe you’re worried about your family, or your finances, or your community, or the world at large? Maybe the combination of these things has you feeling a little on edge? Honestly, it would be surprising if you weren’t. Compounding stressors are more challenging than the

A Gift of Birthday Lessons

As addicts, life takes on both less and more meaning. It’s much easier to see how it takes on less meaning. Often, we think of ourselves as worthless. Many of us have felt (or feel) that we have screwed up our lives so badly that we’d be better off dead. Few addicts,

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