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! Some resources for your battle!

Take the First Step to Drug & Alcohol Recovery Your first step to recovery is that you must want move forward and leave your addiction behind. It must be a commitment from you, and you alone.             PROJECT REACH Recovery Engagement Acceptance Compassion Hope Maine Behavioral Health’s new

Kittens and The Friends House – How are they related??

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST SOBER SATURDAY ARTICLE! For weeks I have been trying to write an article about The Friends House.  Something to shed light on men in recovery. Maybe because I interact less with them, or maybe because folks in early recovery often struggle with the idea of sharing their story,

Donations are Wonderful!

We would like to thank Jeff's Vacuum in Rockport for his generous donation of an Electrolux vacuum to the Friends House!  It is because of  Jeff and other generous people that we can continue with our dedication to making our communities safe ones, and helping to combat the addictions of so many.

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,