New Addiction Recovery Support Group at Community Center

Join us from 6 to 7 pm every Tuesday. There’s a new peer support group available to those recovering from opioid addiction, alcoholism, or any other addiction on Tuesday evenings at the Community Center.

This is a free, open, non-12-step Recovery Support Group which uses the Resilience & Innate Health Framework currently being used in a number of recovery programs, including Farnum Center in NH. It is perfect for those who are recovering from any substance mis-use or any type of addiction.

Join Patty Seybold and Molly Stark to discover that you are not broken and don’t need to be fixed. We’ll explore the Inside Out paradigm that is based on Sydney Banks’ Three Principles of understanding how your Mind, Consciousness and Thought actually work. You’ll learn how to experiment with observing how your Thinking effects your Feelings and your Experience of reality. We’ll talk about the importance of living every moment in the present. And you’ll learn how to live each day Inside Out–realizing that YOUR thoughts create your experiences; rather than Outside In–thinking that people or circumstances can cause you to feel a certain way.

Important Free Movie: Opioid Epidemic

Please come to the Harbor Theater on Friday, July 14th at 4 pm for a free screening of the movie, Dying in Vein. The movie will be followed by  a community discussion and Q&A with award-winning director Jenny Mackenzie, Police Chief Robert Hasch, and addiction/recovery experts.

Many people of all walks of life and income in the Boothbay region are suffering from addiction to opioids. This film addresses the causes, the ramifications, and treatment options.

Dying in Vein is a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction through a cinéma vérité style that drops you directly into the lives of an addict in recovery, a couple trying to get clean, a family grieving the loss of their son and an Emergency Room Physician trying to save one patient at time. Through these stories, the film explores the contemporary belief of ‘living life pain free’ and the shame and blame that exists around addiction. The film looks at the impact of socioeconomic class on our broken treatment system, and how a group of emergency care physicians are working to save their patients from the opiate crisis.

From Academy Award Winning Producer Geralyn White Dreyfous

Closed on the 4th of July!

We are closed for the 4th of July. We hope to see you on the other days this week!

Still Room for Maine Maritime Trip on July 1!

REMINDER: Our second Enrichment Trip will be on Saturday, July 1 at 10am. “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience”. Maine Maritime Museum, Bath ME. Sign up or call The Community Center, 633-9876 to reserve your spot in the van.

For more information about this exhibit, read this article about the exhibit entitled “Into the Lantern: a Lighthouse Experience in the Coastal Journal.

 

Our Summer Hours: 10 to 2

Summer is upon us. Our Community Center volunteers get lonely waiting for folks to drop in when the weather is fine and local people are out with their summer visitors or working at their summer jobs. So, to give our volunteers a break, we’re scaling back our summer hours. You’ll find the Community Center jumping and lively from 10 am til 2 pm. And, our evening classes and support groups continue throughout the summer.

Community Center & Jane B. Good Win Awards

At the 55th annual Awards Ceremony of the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Community Center won the Community Improvement Award for the second year in the row. The Community Center also won the Community Service Award this year. And our Director, Jane B. Good, won the Volunteer of the year award.

Congratulations to Jane and Margaret Perritt and the entire team of amazing Community Center volunteers!

Mental Health Support Group Wed. June 21st

Are you coping with your own, or a loved one’s mental health challenges? NAMI Maine (the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine) is sponsoring a free combined support group in the Boothbay region for individuals living with mental health challenges and family members supporting individuals with those challenges. The group is confidential. Meetings take place from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Community Center.

They are a safe place to join a caring group of individuals helping one another through their learned wisdom.

Mental Health Support Group for Individuals and Families

This support group is offered monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Community Center at the Meadow Mall, 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Contact Debbie Graves (207) 380-3550 or Jane Good at 633-2563 (after 5 p.m.) for more information.

These groups are peer-led by trained volunteer facilitators who have been affected by these challenges themselves or in their own family. By attending the group, people can gain insight, learn new coping skills, gain hope and see that they are not alone. No registration is necessary for NAMI support groups. They are set up as drop-in groups for people to attend as often or as little as they want. Attendees must be 18 years old or older.

“These groups are tremendously helpful in providing concrete, practical information and skills through the learned experience of others experiencing similar concerns in a non-judgemental, caring and confidential setting. The groups assist people in moving forward with mental health recovery and coping with current issues than can arise with mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance us disorders,” says Christine Canty Brooks, director of Peer and Family Programs at NAMI Maine. “These groups provide emotional support, self-care, empowerment and hope. NAMI Maine encourages individuals and families with relatives who have mental health challenges to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

For more information about NAMI support groups, contact Christine at the NAMI Maine office at 1-800-464-5767, ext. 2305, or email: ccantybrooks@namimaine.org

Boothbay Social Engagement Group to Visit Botanical Gardens

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee will be holding their second outing on Wednesday, June 7th. We’ll be visiting the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens which is located on Barters Island Road in Boothbay. We’ll meet there at 11 am for a 1-hour tour of the Garden of the 5 Senses led by Docent, BJ Dobson, and then enjoy lunches we bring along at tables in the gardens.  Anyone needing a ride or more information about our group and its outings should contact Patty Seybold, 207 633-4368.

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee is a partnership between our People Helping People program and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. These outings are designed for people with early stage memory loss and their family member. Getting together to socialize is an important way to keep us all at our cognitive best.

FREE Climate Change Movie: Wed. May 24th

Join film-maker Andy Burt for a viewing and discussion about her film, Down to Earth. The movie features stories told by Maine climate activists of all ages–people who are working to slow down climate change–each in his or her own way. You’ll also hear from Andy about her Down to Earth Storytelling project and learn how you can contribute YOUR story.

Here’s an excerpt from Mary Gilbert’s movie review:

HOW DO PEOPLE BECOME ACTIVISTS? Are they born that way? ….

Andy Burt, a Quaker from Maine, has made a sensitive, well-planned, and beautifully edited one-hour film, Down to Earth: Climate Justice Stories (http://www.downtoearthstories.org/), in which she interviews a dozen or so earthcare activists about how they became involved in activism and what it means to them.

We see that it takes a certain type of courage to take on the role of “activist,” but the ordinary people in this movie have done it in a variety of ways and over their lifetimes. Some speak of important experiences of nature in childhood; their wish to protect the natural world has always been part of who they are. Some became activists later in life once they perceived the complexity of the world in a more informed way. For some, connections with others drew them in. Some simply had a feeling that “I must do this.” Once across the threshold, they all found an enhanced inner sense of meaning in their lives.

Join us at the Community Center at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 24th to watch and discuss this 1 hour movie.

Boothbay Social Engagement Group to Visit Cape Newagen Alpaca Farm

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee will be holding their first outing on Wednesday, May 17th. We’ll be visiting the Cape Newagen Alpaca Farm which is located at 1020 Hendricks Hill Road on Southport Island, ME. It’s right next to the Southport Public Library. We’ll meet there at 11 am for a 40-minute tour of the Farm and then have lunch at the Southport General Store. Anyone needing a ride or more information about our group and its outings should contact Patty Seybold, 207 633-4368.

The Boothbay Region Social Engagement Committee is a partnership between our People Helping People program and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. These outings are designed for people with early stage memory loss and their family member. Getting together to socialize is an important way to keep us all at our cognitive best.