Tag Archives: recovery

LePage is actually saying very little about addiction 

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I usually appreciate the editorial stances taken by the BDN. In their column from Friday, “LePage is finally saying the right things about opiate addiction treatment”, the author extols the value of Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORP) with no acknowledgement of the systemic limitations placed upon it by DHHS nor inclusion of the value of any […]

The back story isn’t usually a back alley

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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

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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!

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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

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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 […]