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From depths of addiction to symbol of hope

From depths of addiction to symbol of hope

The week before her 22nd birthday, Courtney Allen overdosed three times. For a decade, she had struggled with poverty, trauma and addictions to alcohol, heroin, Ritalin and cocaine. “I belonged more to the dead than the living,” she recalls. On that February 2015...
Meant to love and care for special babies

Meant to love and care for special babies

“A lot of my patients exposed to substance abuse in utero require very frequent visits with multiple medical folks,” says JP’s doctor, Dianna Baker, a MaineGeneral pediatrician based in Winthrop. “It can be overwhelming for their caregivers.” Along with the suffering...
Desperate to change

Desperate to change

The voices echo in her mind like an endless tape. “You don’t deserve to be a mother.” “You’re an addict.” “You’re not worth another chance.” Jessica Coulombe has heard these disparaging words many times from family members, strangers, social workers and her own...