Volunteers of America – Making a Difference for So Many – Episode 150

Part 1: Volunteers of America is a spiritually based social services organization helping the area’s most vulnerable populations.   They provide affordable senior housing throughout the state, homeless veteran services, recovery services, correctional re-entry services, behavioral health services as well as a free-weeklong youth camp.  In this episode, Michael Coon, Vice President of External Relations, joins me to discuss all those services in detail and more!

Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda continues the story of their beloved dog Trevor passing away and shares information to help people through the grieving process after losing a pet.

Voices of Hope: The Rugged Road to Recovery – Episode 141

Almost everyone has directly or indirectly experienced how chemical dependency can affect a loved one.  Lynda is joined by the creators and subjects of a local Maine television documentary series, Voices of Hope – The Rugged Road to Recovery.  This series is a project started by SEED (Students Empowered to End Dependency) and is a variety of very personal stories shared from the people who struggle with substance use disorder and are in recovery to the families who have lost loved ones.  

SEED was formed to add the voice of students to help explain the insidious brain disease of chemical dependency. Their main objective is to amplify community messaging about use of chemical substances by explaining the science underlying the disease model. In so doing, it is their hope that fewer people will start using drugs & alcohol and more will seek recovery.  This series is their first project.  You may watch the whole series on their website and stay tuned for more episodes, as they are in the process of being filmed!

If you or your loved one struggles with addiction, please seek out local help.  There are a variety of resources on the Voices of Hope website.

Love Yourself, Attract Love and Heal the World with Sarah Kelly – Episode 123

Part 1:  Sarah Kelly of Sarah Kelly Coaching and Love Yourself shares her very personal story of being a victim of ritualistic abuse at a very young age as well as her journey with substance use disorder and recovery. For years she wanted love, but found she needed to love herself first before she could attract the right love into her life. Sarah will talk about why self love is so important for not just ourselves but how it can help unify our divided country and heal the whole world.

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about how words affect us emotionally, mentally and physically and why it’s so important to be aware of what you say to yourself and who you surround yourself with.

Portland Recovery Community Center – Helping People with Recovery & Spreading Hope – Leslie Clark, Exec Dir – Episode 120

Part 1:  If you’ve been listening to or reading the news over the past year then you know that substance use & addictions have increased significantly during Covid.  In this episode Leslie Clark, Executive Director for the Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC), discusses PRCC’s mission of providing support education and resources for people recovering from and affected by addiction, and to spread the message of hope throughout the state of Maine.

PRCC on Forest Avenue in Portland provides a safe haven for people in recovery and offers a home for meetings and activities devoted to recovery from substance use disorder and other addictions. PRCC is operated by staff and volunteers who are passionate about recovery, and every activity is designed to help people with their daily recovery efforts.

In the last Living Life with Lynda episode, #119, we spoke with Crossroads on this same topic and I love that they work together with PRCC to help people recovery in our communities.  Do you or someone you know need help?  I encourage you to reach out and ask for help!  There are so many resources and programs available.  You just need to take that first step.

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about hiking a new trail she discovered on All Trails.  She shares how the trees she saw on that hike reminded her of an article she read by Dr. Karen Clickner, titled Lessons From Living Things in the monthly Wisdom magazine.  

Crossroads – Offering Addiction & Behavioral Health Treatment Programs – Dr. Mary Anne Roy, Psy.D., CCS – Episode 119

Part 1:  Crossroads Maine is an addiction treatment and behavioral health treatment center that provides gender-responsive treatment programs that enable clients to recover from addiction in a safe, supportive environment and develop the skills and strategies necessary to support long-term recovery from substance use. Dr. Mary Anne Roy is a licensed psychologist, certified clinical supervisor and the Chief Clinical Officer of Crossroads.  In this episode, she discusses the various treatment plans they offer, including multiple outpatient and inpatient programs, as well as other resources available to help people with recovery from addiction and eating disorders.

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about her effort to change some habits that have developed over time.  What habits do you have that you would like to change?

How Your Energy Can Be Affected by Moons, Oils, Crystals & Movement with MJ Allen – Episode 118

Part 1:  MJ Allen, owner of Presence of Mind Wellness Center, is back!  This time we talk about  some new FREE online and in-person events she is hosting including Moons, Oils, Crystals and Movement!  Want to know how the moon cycles affect your energy and what you can do to take advantage of that?  Then take a listen to this episode!

Part 2:  Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda talks about growing up in a household eating the Standard American Diet (aka SAD diet) and about the path that has led her to becoming a certified Integrative Intuitive Health Coach!



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