Dedication for The Ryan Gamage Stairway to Recovery

DEDICATION TO THE RYAN GAMAGE STAIRWAY TO RECOVERY  JUNE 6, 2020 Event Date: Jun 06, 2020 Event Place:22  Brewster St, Rockland, ME, USA Event Start: 11am Event End: 12pm The Ryan Gamage Stairway to Recovery Dedication ceremony to take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020.  Speakers to include Ryan’s father, Bill Gamage; Ira Mandel;  Chief

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

Struggle

Ken moved in a few weeks ago. He’s struggled- as have we all. Recently, his struggle has been pretty heavy. A storm of circumstances involving being laid off, a long relationship ending, and medical challenges drove him to relapse, and he found himself here. He is working as hard as we’ve seen

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