1) Is MAAR a Maine state department or agency? It is not. MAAR is an independent community-based program that serves as a statewide presence and resource for individuals, families, friends, and recovery allies.
2) If I became a volunteer, how can I be involved? Once you are a MAAR volunteer, you will be added to the mailing list and will receive news about upcoming activities. You can join other MAAR volunteers to help plan any of these or work as a volunteer when they occur. Check our website often to see what opportunities and activities have been added.
3) Does it really make a difference when people are openly visible in their communities about their recovery? Think for a moment about the negative ways that addiction is thought of in our culture and what you see in the media and how you hear others speak about ‘addicts’ or ‘alcoholics’. MAAR volunteers portray recovery in the positive light it deserves. Millions of recovering individuals live quietly in the same culture with restored lives, sharing the same daily experiences as everyone around them. It is crucial that this other side of the addiction story gets added to the public perception, to change the hearts and minds of those who don’t know. This lessens the stigma and discrimination faced by recovering people and extends the hope of recovery to those who need to know that recovery is possible.
4) What are my rights as a recovering person?
- Know Your Rights Click Here
- You can vote for leaders who support recovery! Click here for information about Recovery Voices Count
- Addiction Recovery Bill of Rights campaign Click here for details at Faces & Voices of Recovery website and read the publication by clicking here