Sober Saturday!! Recovery is a Reality!!

We love our success stories!!  Hoping this true story will inspire and give hope!!   I never thought that I would find sobriety in my hometown. Hell, I never thought I could become an addict, either, though, how that is possible is beyond me considering I grew up in a family of

Sober Saturday – Keeping our community safe!

Today is Drug Take Back Day!!  Keep your loved ones safe and remove these unused medications from circulation! (Information compliments of Pen Bay Pilot) MIDCOAST — Ahead of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 24 the locations of the Maine collection sites have been announced.

WANTED! Your stories!

Drug or Alcohol Addiction? Do you have a story, or know someone who has one they would like to tell? Midcoast Recovery Coalition is looking for stories from you to add to our website! We are looking for feel good stories of recovery, not so feel good stories about addiction, or just

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