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Recovery Community Centers Offer Good Soil for a Place to Grow

Issue 15
You don’t get over addiction by stopping using, you get over addiction by creating a new life.

By Leslie Clark

Recovery is a life-long journey of learning and growing.

In early recovery, the focus is on getting through the first days, weeks, and months of not using. Our brains and bodies begin to heal. We do hard work to address the pain that brought us to addiction, and the pain we caused others.

The light comes back into our eyes. Some of us experience what is referred to as the “pink cloud” where our newfound freedom from substances feels heady and even exhilarating.

Now what? New patterns and engaging in the community take time—a lifetime.

When I first came into recovery, I didn’t understand why there were still people coming to support meetings after twenty years. I thought, “They need to get a life!”

Yet here I am after more than 30 years, still around and still learning and growing. In recovery, we are able to become the people we were always meant to be.

Addiction robbed us of our connection with our truest selves, but now we discover new interests, or rediscover ones we’d lost along the way. We learn to write poetry, lift weights, take a guitar class, or plant a garden. We become curious about others, how things work, and the world around us.

Our curiosity leads us to new adventures and connections with others. Seven years ago, I literally “found my voice” when I began singing with others and recording on my own. In singing, I find joy and I am my best self. This is one of many gifts I’ve received by being a person in recovery.

Whether you are 19 or 90 years old, the community supports your discovery of your true self.

Recovery is so much more than not using.

It is about creating our best lives.

Over a lifetime.

PRCC
PRCChttps://portlandrecovery.org/about-prcc/
PRCC’s mission is to provide support, education, resources, and advocacy for people recovering from and affected by addiction, and to spread the message of hope throughout the state of Maine and beyond. PRCC’s vision is that every person affected by addiction in Maine will have direct access to a local recovery community center that provides support, education, and individual resources to enhance their ability to heal, strengthen and grow in their recovery pathway, throughout all stages of their journey. PRCC provides a place for the recovery community to grow and thrive at 102 Bishop Street in Portland. The center offers space for meetings and activities devoted to recovery from substance use disorder. PRCC is operated by staff and volunteers who are passionate about recovery, and every activity is created by and for people in recovery. PRCC offers peer support to individuals who use a variety of recovery pathways, and we honor each person’s unique recovery journey. We know from experience that successful recovery from substance use disorder requires support from others. Our center welcomes all who are taking steps to recover. PRCC works statewide to support the development of new recovery community centers so that every community in Maine has access to its own local center. By providing training, resources, and technical support to new and developing centers, PRCC’s Recovery Hub sustains a network of mutual support among the centers that develops leadership and empowers communities.

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