ENTRY: More from my own ‘journey’

NOTE FROM LOU: Here is another drafting of part of the magazine article I wrote for this month's issue of Journey magazine that didn't make it to print.  I understand completely that magazines only have so much space for content, and they do have to be conscious of their advertisers.  Thankfully, I'm able to share … Continue reading ENTRY: More from my own ‘journey’

ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

Being in recovery myself, I tend to notice certain behaviors of the folks seeking recovery themselves as they proceed through the intake process at work.  In case you weren’t already aware, I work as a peer recovery coach at a treatment center specializing in MAT therapy (we offer both methadone and Suboxone) and mental health … Continue reading ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

SUPERsizzlin’STORIES: Lewiston police tell Church of the Safe Injection to halt needle distribution

FIRST: After you check out this article, let me know your thoughts. The man responsible for this daring, unique project, Jesse Harvey, fellow peer recovery coach, is definitely passionate, to say the absolute least. I'm not saying that I am against what he is doing here either, nor am I saying that he hasn't already … Continue reading SUPERsizzlin’STORIES: Lewiston police tell Church of the Safe Injection to halt needle distribution

sizzlin’FEATURES: Lawsuit settlement will allow Maine prison inmate to get medication for opioid addiction

The Maine Department of Corrections will allow a Caribou man to receive medication in prison to treat his opioid use disorder. Zachary Smith, 30, sued the department in July. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed the complaint on his behalf in U.S. District Court in Portland, claiming Smith was being denied his rights … Continue reading sizzlin’FEATURES: Lawsuit settlement will allow Maine prison inmate to get medication for opioid addiction

NEWS FEED: Overdose deaths in Maine averaged nearly one per day during first half of 2018

Drug overdoses continued to claim nearly one life per day in Maine during the first six months of 2018 despite intensive efforts – from the State House to sober houses – to slow the opioid crisis. There were 180 overdose deaths in Maine through June 30, down just slightly from the 185 drug-related deaths reported … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Overdose deaths in Maine averaged nearly one per day during first half of 2018

NEWS FEED: Dozens stage ‘die-in’ at Portland City Hall to call attention to drug deaths

Fifty-seven people spent nearly an hour of their Friday evening lying motionless on the cold stone plaza in front of Portland City Hall, trying to draw attention to the 57 people who died from drug overdoses in the city last year and efforts to make that number smaller. Each wore black and a number, and … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Dozens stage ‘die-in’ at Portland City Hall to call attention to drug deaths