LEWISTON — A new program for women wanting to overcome addiction is available in Lewiston and Auburn.

Women for Sobriety (WFS), a nonprofit organization, has been empowering women to take charge of their lives since 1975. WFS offers a unique self-help approach to recovery, the New Life Program, which was specifically designed to address the needs or women. WFS has certified facilitators leading mutual support groups online and in person, as well as phone volunteers available for one-on-one support.

Rosanna Boyce facilitates a group for residents at Journey House in Auburn at 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Others may join by Zoom by contacting Boyce for location and a link at [email protected].

Brandi Lee and Sarah Stutler will facilitate a group for residents at Sophia’s House at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Others may join in person with a capacity of six participants. COVID-19 protocol will be followed. Others can join by Zoom. Contact Lee at [email protected] for location and to reserve an in-person spot or for a Zoom link.

Tammie Fowles hosts a group on Zoom at 7 p.m. Thursdays. If interested, reach out to her at [email protected] for a link.

Women may have difficulty accessing treatment due to the competing priorities of work, home care, child care, and the stigma of addiction. Some also have difficulty in mixed groups due to histories of trauma.

Through cognitive retraining to develop more positive thinking and a proactive approach to solving problems, women find can find a new life. The program is based on 13 acceptance statements that encourage emotional and spiritual growth. For more information on WFS and its New Life program, go to womenforsobriety.org.

Support for training and organizing comes from the Maine Health Access Foundation. Any woman age 18 or older seeking a new life is welcome to join WFS. Those with MAT, and all expressions of female identity are welcome. Participants will be provided with introductory materials through the group facilitator.

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