Mayhew’s next atrocity can be prevented


It feels like every week I read about the latest amazingly unthinkable thing that Mayhew and LePage have done. Sometimes it’s harming the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, other days we’re discussing lowering the eligibility of Maine’s Medicaid program to below what federal levels of poverty were, prior to decentralizing “welfare programs” under Clinton’s […]

The back story isn’t usually a back alley


Today’s blog is a guest apperance by Molly Stevens who writes Shallow Reflections for BDN.. She shares her experience working in health care: Consider the following two scenarios. – Patient #1 had a life-sustaining blood transfusion before 1985 and contracted HIV. – Patient #2 contracted HIV by sharing a dirty needle with an infected heroin […]

Cops, docs, and addiction: How we prevent them from getting help


I have a mantra for reading articles of online newspapers: Don’t read the comments. Don’t read the comments. Don’t read the comments Then, of course…I read the damned comments. Yesterday’s Bangor Daily covered the plea deal for Mark Westrum, career police officer and correctional administrator for Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Mr. Westrum was […]

Young People in Recovery: Brewer chapter invites you to join!


Today’s blog is a guest appearance by Melinda Coffin – an amazing recovery ally and current leader of YPR Brewer. If you aren’t yet familiar with this movement: “Young People in Recovery (YPR) is a national grassroots advocacy organizationfocused on creating recovery-ready communities throughout the nation for youngpeople in, or seeking, recovery from addiction. YPR […]

How Maine can lower addiction rates in 2017


I’m a recovery ally. I support recovery from addiction through all known pathways. My efforts are personal and professional. Experience has shown me countless times that grassroots efforts are our greatest hope for reducing rates of addiction, but we’re not yet sufficiently coming together. I quickly tire of rhetoric from politicians and self-appointed experts. (can […]

Why does New England rank highest in alcohol use?


The more things change, the more they stay the same. Yesterday’s BDN featured a story by Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post that shows remarkable consistency in research of alcohol consumption in the US. New England consistently ranks highest in the country and Maine ranks in the top three states year after year. Why is […]

How to make your resolutions attainable and sustainable


In just a few days, otherwise reasonable and intelligent people are going to set themselves up for failure. It may be well intended. It may even be vital. It’s still going to fail for a very important reason: You’ll do it alone. You won’t share your goals with anyone who believes in you. Wanna increase […]