Get Help Now

(207) 679-5005

She Recovers

Issue 28

The Power of Community

SHE RECOVERS® as an Anchor for Healing and Connection

When it comes to the path of recovery, the significance of community should never be underestimated. It is within the warmth and understanding of likeminded individuals that true healing takes place.

One community that exemplifies the power of shared experiences and peer-to-peer support was started in 2011 as a passion project by two women in long-term recovery from trauma, mental health issues, and substance use.

Dawn Nickel, with her personal, academic, and professional experience in women’s mental health and addiction, joined forces with her daughter Taryn Strong, who brought creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep connection to embodied healing modalities. Together, they laid a firm foundation for the organization that officially became a 501(c)(3) in 2020.

The SHE RECOVERS® Foundation is a non-profit public charity and a global grassroots movement that serves women in or seeking recovery from mental health issues, trauma, substance use, and related life challenges.

With values rooted in inclusivity, empowerment, and connection, the organization provides an anchor for individuals in recovery, offering a space where the power of community shines brightly.

They provide online mutual support groups, recovery education platforms, and resources. Additionally, they offer twice-daily online gatherings, therapeutic movement offerings such as trauma-informed yoga and dance, identity-based support groups and gatherings, volunteer training, and in-person Sharing Circles held in twenty locations across the United States, including York, Maine!

At the core of SHE RECOVERS lies the empowering force of peer-to-peer assistance. By connecting individuals with others who have faced similar challenges, members share their stories, struggles, and triumphs. Through these connections, individuals realize they are not alone on their journey, finding strength and inspiration in the tales of resilience and recovery shared within the community.

The impact of SHE RECOVERS extends far beyond the boundaries of its community. By promoting personal growth, empowerment, and resilience, they generate a ripple effect that touches the lives of individuals’ families, friends, and communities. The lessons learned within the community become the bedrock for enacting enduring change in society.

The power of community in the journey of recovery cannot be underestimated. Through shared experiences, connections, and personal growth, they cultivate healing that extends beyond the individual, making a positive impact on families, communities, and society.

SHE RECOVERS stands as a testament to the power of community, reminding us that we are never alone and that together, we can find strength, connection, and lasting healing.

MaryBeth Murphy Leads Maine’s SHE RECOVERS Sharing Circle

MaryBeth Murphy is a woman in long-term recovery from alcohol and codependency. Her recovery began after sustaining an ankle fracture that landed her in a cast. The pause in her mobility led her to take a hard look at her life and where it was headed.

Two and a half years into her recovery, she was looking for more connection and found SHE RECOVERS online. She booked a retreat with them at Kripalu, where she met co-founders Dawn Nickel and Taryn Strong, as well as Payton Kennedy, their event planner. The connection was immediate.

SHE RECOVERS believes that we are all recovering from something and honors all pathways to recovery while criticizing none. These beliefs were in alignment with MaryBeth, so she became a SHE RECOVERS Coach and a SHE RECOVERS Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher.

MaryBeth attributes her continuous long-term recovery to the relationships she has formed through the community and now leads the Maine Sharing Circle in York.

Find more information online at or email MaryBeth directly –

Journey Team
Journey Team
The Journey Team is made up of writers, gatherers, creators and people with a passion to make recovery from addiction visible.

Related Articles


Join the movement to make recovery stories, resources and programs visible!

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sponsored Content

Quick Links