|2010 Recovery Month Wrap-Up|
A listing of National Recovery Month events that took place this September in Maine
Maine Alliance of Addiction Recovery's Deb Dettor recaps a few of Maine's events
MAAR and its allies hosted three Recovery events in three days: Bangor Area Conference on Addiction Recovery (9/9), From Unbecoming a Nurse to Overcoming Addiction (9/10) with author Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, and the Uniting Maine Recovery Communities Celebration Retreat (9/11). I am delighted to announce these 3 events drew @ 300 participants, which is a tremendous accomplishment for us in our state! We thank the many dedicated volunteers and attendees who celebrated the healing power of Recovery together at these events.
A & E hosted their 3rd national Recovery Rally this year on the streets of Philadelphia. We have learned that Lynn Avigo from Portland represented Maine as Delegate for this exciting event. Last year's rally drew an estimated 10,000 walkers!
During October 3 - 11, a benefit hike-athon was held for Acadia Family Center in Acadia National Park called "Hike for Mike". This event also promoted the reality of Recovery while getting participants out on the trails in Acadia during the beautiful Autumn weather!
are proud to witness the growing number of Recovery Month events in our
state that promote recovery from alcohol & drug addiction and we
thank you all for your support of people in recovery. Visit recoverymonth.gov for a full recap of National & ongoing events. For more information about recovery in Maine year-round, contact Deb Dettor at (207) 458-4366.
Recovery Walk held in Portland on 9/11
Staff from Catholic Charities Maine, Crossroads for Women, Serenity House, Day One and Milestone Foundation came together to make the event a reality, and it was a big success. The community event raised $3,000. They hope to see you again next year! FMI about the event, click HERE
Portland Celebrates Recovery with the 6th Annual Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair on September 29, 2010
On September 29th, we celebrated recovery with 26 providers and 93 members of Portland's homeless community. Below is a list of all of the providers that joined us.
Staff and clients from the following agencies were represented: AA Maine, Advocates for Recovery Through Medicine (ARM ME), CAP Quality Care, Catholic Charities Maine, Crossroads for Women, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC), Day One, Family Crisis Services, Frannie Peabody Center, Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR), Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Merrimack River Medical Services, Milestone Foundation, Oxford Street Shelter for Men, PROP/Women's Project, Serenity House, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM), Shalom House Inc., Skip Murphy's Sober House for Men, Strong Fathers Maine, Top of the Hill Counseling, Youth Alternatives Ingraham (YAI) and YAI's Young Parent Program.
The City of Portland was represented by: Portland Street Dental Clinic, Healthy Portland, HIV/STD Prevention, Healthcare for the Homeless/Behavioral Health Clinic Team, Minority Health Program, Tobacco Prevention Program and the Overdose Prevention Project/Portland Women's Task Force.
Click HERE to see a slideshow of the 2010 fair!
Reverend Peter Panagore talks about Recovery Month during his 9/28 Daily Devotion (First Radio Parish Church of America)
"Many of us, myself included, feel the impact of addiction or alcoholism throughout our lives, in our families, among our friends, with our co-workers and in our schools. This year alone, two friends of mine died from addiction and alcoholism. They weren't bad people, they were good people with a disease, and with trouble. Addiction and alcoholism aren't the end. They are a beginning place to reclaim your life." Read on...
Merrimack River Medical Services' Program Director reports on the 9/30 "Recovery Luncheon""Merrimack River Medical Services had a recovery event luncheon on 9/30/10 for those patients able to remain abstinent from all illicit substances while in methadone treatment for the last six months. We had 77 patients who met the criteria and were awarded a certificate and a coin. Of the 77 patients about 25 attended the luncheon with their family members. The patients were awarded their certificate by their counselor. Patients and staff were given opportunities to get up and talk. It became very emotional when a patient talked about how this clinic saved his life and the progress he has made while receiving services from us. Other patients talked about how appreciative they were for the staff here and staff talked about the struggles of going to a methadone clinic and how proud we were of them for the work they put into their recovery." FMI about Merrimack's services, contact Jennifer Minthorn or visit www.csachelp.com.
Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition:
"Making Recovery Visible"
From Faces and Voices of Recovery's (FAVOR) October 7, 2010 e-news:
"Making Recovery Visible was released at the Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition's (BARCC) 3rd Annual Conference on Recovery. Produced and directed by BARCC member Anne Day, the video features Bangor residents telling their recovery stories." Click HERE to view the 9-minute video on YouTube.
|Spotlight on Maine|
Statewide and local partner updates as well as other ongoing/upcoming events
2010 Maine Office of Substance Abuse Provider's Day: "Success in Prevention: Today & Tomorrow" November 4, 2010 - Hermon, Maine
Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) will be holding its annual
provider's day in Hermon, Maine on Novebmer 4th. Former Attorney
General Steven Rowe will provide the keynote address.
include information on 2005-10 Parent Campaigns, Neurobiology of
Substance Abuse, Positive Youth Engagement, "Table Talks" and Evaluating
Substance Abuse in Maine.
We are excited to announce that Portland's Overdose Prevention Project coordinator, Ronni Katz, will be co-presenting "Drug Overdose Prevention Projects in Maine: An Overview of Strategies on Outreach to Vulnerable Populations" with Jayne Harper (Kennebec Co. Overdose Task Force) and Tim Shaw (Bangor's Overdose Prevention Project). Click HERE for the OSA Provider's Day flyer & session descriptions
Women's Addiction Services Council Survey: "What Gets in the Way of Recovery for Women in Maine?"
The Women's Addiction Services Council is a group of individuals and
agencies committed to serving Maine women affected by alcohol and other
drugs. A mission of this council is to reduce barriers to women's
recovery through education, advocacy, and coordination of services. The
following survey was developed in order to assess the barriers to
recovery for women which will assist the council in their mission to
help women in Maine affected by alcohol and other drugs. Your opinion
and experiences are very valuable to us and are critical to the work of
this council. To view or share the online survey, click HERE If
you would like paper copies or would like to host a focus group, please
contact OSA's Christine Theriault @ (207) 287-6401 or email Christine
Interviewees Sought for "Maine Voices of Recovery Project"
Jayne Harper is seeking to interview people for the Maine Voices of Recovery Project. Interviewees are people who are successful in long-term treatment with methadone (5 year minimum) or suboxone (2-3 year minimum) and would be willing to have their interview recorded (voice only, no video). Clips from the interviews will then be professionally edited and turning into audio files. Some of these audio clips will be turned into PSA-style radio ads and others will be used for educational purposes (presentations, You Tube, websites) to address the issue of stigma associated with MAT. Any inquiries can be sent to Jayne Harper at (207) 621-3740.
|Portland Women's Task Force|
Portland Moms in Recovery Support Network: UPDATE
The moms in recovery support network gatherings are still going on but attendance has leveled off a bit. We continue to work with our partners (thank you Crossroads for Women, The Salvation Army, DHHS & Youth Alternatives Ingraham's Young Parent Program!) to maintain the program but are constantly in need of group ideas/topics/contributions. If you have any topic suggestions for moms in recovery, please email Amanda as we'd love to continue the dialogue!
Below are some highlights of the past few month's activities:
August: City of Portland's Children's Oral Health Program shared dental health info (and goodies!) with 5 moms and their little ones; play-dough making for moms & kids; potluck luncheon
September: Quilting basics (moms and kids made Halloween totes); movie day (moms viewed "Lost in Woonsocket" with a discussion afterward); healthy meal prep - the moms
made a super quick yogurt treat as well as a very hearty (and
inexpensive) soup with Kristen Dow of Healthy Portland; focus group with Christine Theriault of OSA
October: Guest speaker talking about her recovery story, trip for moms & kids to the Children's Museum (thank you to YAI's Young Parent Program for the passes!). Coming up: healthy Halloween treats with Kristen and MORE!
If you'd like to get involved with this effort or if you have a mom who'd like to be included in the network, please contact Amanda Edgar at (207) 756-8053.
View/print the Moms in Recovery Network flyer HERE.
|Portland Women's Task Force|
News, Publications & Research Links
National news and research regarding education, treatment and recovery for addicted women, their families and the community.
Drugs Weigh Heavily on Maine's Poorest Area, Washington County
Bangor Daily News, 8/20/10
Addiction in Babies Up In Maine
Bangor Daily News, 9/10/10
The Relation Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health: Turning Gold into Lead
Vincent J. Felitti, MD
~~>If you would like to view the full PDF of this report, email Amanda
Methadone dose and neonatal abstinence syndrome-systematic review and meta-analysis
Description of a Media Campaign About Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
J of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs - Volume 71, 2010 > Issue 5: September 2010
Discontinuation of Antidepressants: Slower is Better
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Health, 9/13/10
Abuse of drugs while pregnant a growing issue
Southern Oregon Mail Tribune, 9/16/10
New Tool Detects Illicit Substance Use in Pregnancy
~~>View Obstetrics & Gynecology abstract HERE
Early Separation from Mother Leads to Issues
Psych Central News, 9/29/10
Maternal Age Matters in Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
ATTC Network, October 2010
The Alcohol Controversy: Is Drinking Good for You?
Huffington Post, 10/5/10
Study O.K.'s Light Drinking During Pregnancy. Too Good to Be True?
TIME Healthland, 10/6/10
|Portland's Overdose Prevention Project: |
News, Publications & Research Links
National news and research regarding addiction, treatment, recovery, and overdose prevention.
Why don't out-of-treatment individuals enter methadone treatment programs?
Int'l J Drug Policy, 2010 January, 21 (1): 36-42
Benzodiazepine Substitution for Dependent Patients - Going with the Flow
Additional Articles & Resource
Tools for Providers
SPHERE Project, Massachusetts
Injecting Advice, UK
Buprenorphine Film: Step Forward or Marketing Gimmick?
Suboxone Talk Zone: A Suboxone Blog, 9/28/10
'YO Court' Gives Hope to Young Adults with Addictions
Join Together, 10/1/10
Why Are We Underusing A Cure For Drug Overdose? (2006)
(REPRINTED 10/5/10) Steve Chapman The Post Chronicle (NY)
Why do People Share [needles]?
Injecting Advice (UK) Blog, 10/5/10
Implants help heroin addicts kick habit
Science News, 10/12/10
Father's incarceration linked to elevated risks of marijuana, illegal drug use
Addiction Professional, 10/13/10
BREAKING NEWS: First non-maintenance drug to treat opioid dependence wins FDA approval
Addiction Professional, 10/13/10
All-Recovery Support Meetings have been running since May in both Portland and Augusta but are both in need of your support!
How you can help:
*Spread the word to your communities and clients that these groups are still running and have been a great source of support for those who have attended.
*Let folks know that these groups are not 12-step based
*List group dates/times in your local community calendars, e-newsletters, etc.
Maine Recovery Communities
Coalition feels these meetings will enable people from every
addiction recovery pathway to find community-based recovery support
FMI Contact Deb Dettor (Augusta) or
for the Augusta Flyer
for the Portland Flyer
Maine Public Health Association Annual Meeting
October 5, 2010
Amanda submitted an abstract to the MPHA's annual meeting and it was selected to be co-presented during the breakout session entitled "Substance Use as a Public Health Concern in Two Different Subpopulations"
alongside the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine's (CCSME) presentation of "Maine's 5-year federal SAMHSA Co-Occurring State Incentive Grant"
which focused on improving state and organizational infrastructures to support the implementation of evidenced based integrated treatment for mental health and substance abuse in its behavioral health services.
The session was attended by nearly 50 people.
"Public Health in the Correctional Setting: Challenges & Opportunities" is available for viewing HERE
All presentations from 10/5 are available on the Maine Public Health Association's website, mainepublichealth.org
The next Portland Overdose Prevention Project & Portland Women's Task Force meeting is scheduled for
December 8, 2010 from 2:00-3:30 and will be held at
Portland City Hall.
FMI about our meetings, please contact Ronni Katz at (207) 756-8116
Treatment & Recovery Resources
National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment
Patient/Physician Matching System
Maine Office of Substance Abuse
Info & Resource Center
1-800-499-0027 (In-State Only) or 207-287-8900
Faces & Voices of Recovery
24-Hotline 1-800-737-6237 or 207-774-4335
Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
Crossroads for Women
Merrimack River Medical Services
PROP/The Women's Project
1-800-611-1588 or (Statewide) 1-800-611-1779
CAP Quality Care
Mercy Recovery Center