Harm reduction, saving lives, and breaking laws

I was talking with a friend about bringing more attention and removing systemic barriers to addiction recovery. He was considering getting himself arrested as a political statement. I found myself thinking that I wouldn’t mind getting arrested if it would help the cause. But not all my friends and I agree on what the cause […]

Relationships in Recovery

  While there are hundreds of different types, when folks in recovery discuss “relationships”, we’re exclusively referencing the romantic kind. We tend to approach them the way someone who has just crawled across the desert approaches water. No subtlety, no grace, just an incredible, insatiable thirst for something we long for. Something that most of […]

HOPE: Helping Other Parents Endure

Two of my biggest local heroes are Shelly & Dave Yankowsky. You’ve likely seen them in the news at some point. They’ve become two of the very best addiction recovery allies in Maine. I hope that’s how you’ll come to think of them. I know to a lot of folks they’re the couple who lost […]

How to stay sober when everything sucks

We’ve all seen the meme, “Recovery is truly one of the most badass things a human being can do.” Nothing could be more true. Recovery has many paths – harm reduction, getting healthier, ideally, getting sober. And that’s just the beginning. We face the challenges of staying sober, changing ourselves, our lifestyles and ultimately, our […]