BANGOR — “Recovery for me is about hope and possibilities. When I was active I didn’t have either of those, and I wasn’t being the person that I know I am.”
These words spoken by Shawn Yardley, Bangor’s former director of health and community services, start off his testimonial in the video above about what recovery from addiction means to him.
“It was going outside my comfort zone to admit that I had a problem, and there’s the paradox that when you admit that you don’t have control is really when you get control back,” he says.
The video marks the start of The Recovery Project. We want you to share a video with us, so we can capture and spread your messages of hope and support for those experiencing addiction.
Whether you’ve had an addiction or not, show people they’re not alone.
This week, Maine’s top leaders held two separate summits to talk about the drug epidemic. In 2014, 208 people died of overdoses. In the first six months of 2015, 105 died. Many more are struggling.
But every day people also survive.
Will you help celebrate their recovery in hopes it saves another’s life? Learn how to do so here: