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Protesters to Gov. Baldacci: “Maine can do better.”

March 13, 2008

Hundreds of protesters packed the halls of the Maine State House yesterday, making their voices heard about the deep cuts Governor Baldacci is proposing in his change package plan to balance Maine’s budget. The protest came during the second and final day of legislative hearings on a new round of cuts that Baldacci proposed last

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Call-in Day to End Insurance Discrimination Against Those with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

March 4, 2008

Update: On March 5th, The House voted 268 to 148 in favor of H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. Read more Faces and Voices of Recovery is asking the public to join them in calling on their US Representative to help make history by voting “Yes” on The Paul Wellstone

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Family Memoirs of Meth Addiction

February 29, 2008

“Anyone who has lived through it, or those who are now living through it, knows that caring about an addict is as complex and fraught and debilitating as addiction itself. At my worst, I even resented Nic because an addict, at least when high, has a momentary respite from his suffering. There is no similar

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Alcohol + Energy Drink = Negligence?

February 27, 2008

The family of a man killed by his best friend almost 2 years ago after a night at a strip club in Portland, Maine filed a lawsuit that alleges the club was negligent in serving the man energy drinks to mask how drunk he was. Robert Wagner was shot in the head twice by his

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“I wish I’d known this before…”

February 26, 2008

Participants of Crossroads for Women’s friends and family educational series typically react in this manner when presented with information about addiction and how it affects everyone around the addicted person. They realize they are not alone. They realize they can’t control what their loved one might be doing to themselves or to those around them.

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Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Company Subpoenaed for Information About its Caffeinated Beer Products

February 21, 2008

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that attorneys general in Maine, New York, Maryland, Arizona and Iowa have subpoenaed Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company for information about its caffeinated alcohol drinks. In the past, these same states’ AGs, with the exception of the Arizona, wrote a letter to federal authorities regarding the marketing of Anheuser-Busch’s

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Gender Equality in Teenagers Not Always Good for Girls

February 15, 2008

“In the past, people have had this angelic picture, but girls are just as bad as boys are. We do what we want to do, when we want to do it.” “Before, it was a novelty. It went from, ‘Well, maybe . . .’ to ‘Oh, I know I’m going to drink this weekend.’ ”

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National Call-in Day: Tell VH-1 What you Think About “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”

February 7, 2008

Faces and Voices of Recovery, an organization dedicated to changing the public’s perception of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, is asking for the public’s help in speaking out against VH-1‘s show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” In a press release sent out earlier in the week, the organization is asking people to call VH-1

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Advice from Addicted Women to Nurses, Doctors, Medical Staff

February 5, 2008

Teresa Valliere, Crossroads for Women’s director of inpatient services, recently did a presentation on treating women with addictions. The audience was largely made up of nurses, physicians and other medical staff. For her presentation, women in recovery were asked to share their wisdom about how medical staff might interact with them in medical encounters –

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“My experience was life-changing. I learned to accept my alcoholism as a disease and something that I cannot change. I learned to not feel shame and to have self-compassion. I also learned coping skills to help fight off the cravings and triggers. I am using these every day now.”

— DG - Back Cove experience

– Back Cove Women’s Residential Program Client

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