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Women in recovery from substance abuse invited to Blaine House Silver Tea

By Mary Henry, Special to the BDN


Recovery works!  People supporting addiction recovery across the State of Maine will gather in Augusta from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 to celebrate women’s recovery at the Women’s Addiction Services Council’s annual Silver Tea at the Hall of Flags and in the Blaine House.


The Women’s Addiction Services Council invites all women in recovery, their families, friends and service providers to this celebration of recovery.  It is a time to make recovery visible, to shout out that recovery does work, and here is the fruit of it.  Please come!

Women in recovery come from all walks of life.  They are rich, poor, professional, nonprofessional.  They are mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers, coworkers, employers, employees, taxpayers, teachers, lawyers … the list goes on.

Nothing distinguishes them from anybody else.  There are no signs that say “I was a drunk” or “I used drugs.”  They are women.  They are your neighbors.  Many are new in recovery; many have been in recovery for five, ten, twenty years and more.  As a neighbor, you may not know the woman next door is in recovery, but you might know if she wasn’t.  Recovery for most women (and men) is quiet, often because of the stigma that goes with the disease of addiction.

Each year, the Silver Tea offers women in recovery, their families and friends, and professional service providers, an opportunity to hold their recovery up as a great accomplishment, enjoy the camaraderie of other women in recovery, and celebrate the time and work they have invested in changing their lives. The Women’s Addiction Services Council is grateful for the yearly opportunity to host the Silver Tea at the Blaine House.

One of the women celebrated at the tea will receive the Women in Recovery Leadership Award.  This presentation is awarded each year to a woman with five or more years of recovery who exemplifies recovery and whose efforts in her community provide strength and hope to others. Many of these leaders work quietly without recognition.  The name of this year’s recipient will be announced at the Blaine House tea.

The Women’s Addiction Services Council is a collaborative of Maine recovery services providers, individuals in recovery, and community members who work to make recovery treatment and support services available to women and their families.

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