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Page 14 THE QUODDY TIDES 26 January, 2018 ARISE EXPANDS SERVICES (from page 1) dom through the Lord at a program simi- family. He can now see and appreciate the lar to Arise in Orrington called Calvary beauty of both time and place and knows Residential Discipleship (CRD). Once there is purpose in his life, purpose in completing the basic and leadership pro- every life. "I have a daughter coming next gram, we felt called to serve in Washing- month, she will be my first child," says ton County after seeing the impact drug Nelson. "I think to myself: What kind of use is having in this area." dad would I be if my little girl has an In a two-year period AAR has assisted emergency and needed me, but I was high A approximately 100 people in their battles and not able to be there for her? Thoughts with addiction. AAR uses a residency pro- like those are the ones that remind me gram, weekly group meetings, direct detox how important sobriety and accountabili- and cooperation with other organizations ty are to me today." such as CRD, constantly shifting focus to It is this day-to-day life Nelson leads the assistance individuals seeking help re- now, with his family and the time spent on quire and the support they and their fami- the water, that is clearer than ever as he lies will need afterwards, moves forward. Nelson reflects, "I can During 2017 AAR graduated 12 men now see the beautiful things in life. Sun- from the program, assisted 30 men and rises, sunsets, the way the water jumps PAUL AND LINDSAY TROVARELLO are the founders of Arise Addiction, Recovery, a women with detox and helped others to into the air when a rough sea runs itself faith-based organization that helps people battle their addictions. Plans for 2018 are to enter programs similar to the faith-based into the ledges, love, admiration, friend- open a resident program for women and a youth-centered after-school program de- approach taken by organizations like AAR ship, the list goes on. To those still strug- signed to discourage drug use and replace it with physical activities, such as boxing, and CRD. gling, I'd ask them what do they want The resident program currently canmore than anything else in the world be- (Photo courtesy of Arise Addiction Recovery) house 15 men at a time. AAR is now look- sides more drugs? Because, whatever it is, ing to duplicate that effort for women, it's there for the taking, and you can planning the launch of a resident program achieve your dreams." Egan named head of campus at UMM in the spring. The program will house and Success can begin at the bottom care for eight women at a time. Trovarello "We Andrew Egan has been named vice Egan has the rare ability to truly listen and indicates this was not the first time they have seen men restored to hus- president for academic affairs and head of to lead. Both gifts are apparent when one tried to do something like this. "We had a bands, fathers, sons and productive mem- campus at the University of Maine at Ma- spends time with him. [He] is a person small resident program for women a year bers of society," says Paul Trovarello. chias (UMM), effective August 13. Egan who has vision and a passionate dedica- or so ago, but found we were not yet pre- "The healing process does not stop there. was one of four f'malists in the national tion. I know he will enrich our University pared to make it successful. Today we We have seen healing come to not only the search for the next leader of the regional [of Maine] System and change its future believe we are ready to try again." addicts, but also their family members campus of the University of Maine, and in extremely positive ways." Another new program being planned is who suffer greatly through the addicts he will report to University of Maine Pres- Promoting enrollment growth, increas- an after-school gym in East Machias, they love." ident Susan Hunter. ing efficiencies and advancing program which will be an activity-based program Tom Spencer of Machiasport is another Egan's 20-year career in academic lead- and research opportunities are the goals at designed to discourage drug use and re- AAR graduate. His story is a dramatic ership in the United States and Canada the heart of the primary partnership be- place it with physical activities, such as example of someone reaching the lowest includes his most recent post as chancel- tween UMaine and UMM. In the year boxing. "Our hope is to serve the youth in of lows, close to total darkness, but, with lor and chief academic officer for Penn since the partnership was introduced, our community as a preventative measure the help of AAR and others, slowly pull- State Greater Allegheny. From 1998 to UMaine and UMM have worked to bring against addiction," says Trovarello. "This ing himself towards the light of recovery. 2004 Egan was a UMaine associate pro- forward strategic goals in administrative is in the very beginning stages, and Spencer was a law enforcement profes- fessor of forest resources and the program integration, curriculum and program progress will depend on our ability to fund sional for 27 years and was prescribed coordinator in forest engineering. His re- alignment, and structure and governance, the project." painkillers for a back injury and at the search has focused on the interactioms be- On July 1, 2017, UMM became a re- same time developed a drinking problem. tween silviculture and the enviromment gional campus of UMaine, while main- A community is strengthened He began attending Monday night meet- and the socioeconomic and ecological di- taining its mission, degree programs and when a life is turned around ings at AAR and did so for close to a year. mensions of watershed restoration,leadership role in the community. UMM's Rep. Will Tuell of East Machias knows After his father died, severe depression Search committee member Mmjorie faculty report to the vice president for ac- the impact drugs are having on Washing- took hold and he started abusing his medi- Withers says, "He comes back to Maine ademic affairs and head of campus, who ton County and the critical need to do cation again, this time pilfering opiates with a varied work history that shows his leads the UMM campus and serves on the something about it. "I think that Arise is a while on duty. Charges were filed, and competencies both on and off campus. Dr. UMaine President' s Cabinet and the very important part of how we respond to Spencer lost his job and hit bottom. "I was deans' and provosts' councils, drug addiction in the area and, just as im- lost in myself and really did not think Two blood drives UMM will be incorporated under portantly, how folks dealing with addic- about the 0ther people l was hurting," says UMaine's accreditation with the New En- tion are perceived. Arise helps educate, Spencer. "I was out of work, battling my slated in Machias gland Association of Schools and Colleg- create acceptance for people ba ling ad- demons but still had the support of cu- es (NEASC) and will continue to award diction and helps folks overcome it. Could workers, my wife and friends and found I The American Red Cross continues to have a winter blood donation shortage af- baccalaureate degrees. For students on there be more successes? Yes, but I would needed to commit totally to a six-month ter severe winter weather in many parts of both campuses, the proposed partnership also say that for every person who has program away from everything to get my the country has forced more than 500 has the potential to broaden the portfolios gone through Arise, has turned their life life back." blood drives to cancel, already causing of academic and research opportunities - around and rebuilt relationships with fam- Spencer did Complete the program and about 15,000 blood and platelet donations from shared courses and transfer programs fly, we are that much stronger as a corn- is now involved with AAR helping where to go uncollected in recent weeks. Blood. to advanced degree pathways. For gradu- munity." he can to mentor others. and platelet donors are urgently needed to ate students, it also could provide teach- Tristen Nelson of Jonesboro is an ex- But his story does not stop there. Upon give now to help restock the shelves, ing opportunities, ample of Tuell's sentiments. He appeared completion of the program, Spencer re- Area blood drives will be held on in a 2017 video by Vice Media document- turned home to find his son battling his ing the impact of opioid and heroin use on own demons. "This was tough, to see my Thursday, February 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Area priest takes the local fishing industry. Nelson saw own son sprig down and lost just I the Maine Veterans Home in Machias and i g where his life was heading as a heroin was," says Spencer. "All I could do was on Tuesday, February 6, from noon to 5 on new ass nment addict and, after months of living solely to listen to him and, in my own way, try to p.m. at the University of Maine at Machi- as. You can make an appointment to give Effective February 1, Bishop Robert feed his addiction, he finally did some- be a light for him by guiding him to do the blood by downloading the free Red Cross Deeley has appointed Fr. Paul Marquis as thing about it. "The worst part about be- right thing." Blood Donor app by visiting a hospital chaplain with primary duties at ing an addict is we become horribly Today, life for Spencer and his family or calling 1-800- Mercy Hospital in Portland. Fr. Marquis selfish, we think everything is about us," is good. He is working again, and his son will also assist as a parochial vicar at the says Nelson. "But, being the type of pro- is five months into sobriety. "My mar- RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Parish of the Holy Eucharist, which includes gram Arise is, it showed me and others riage is the best it's been in a long time," . i lchurches in Falmouth, Yarmouth, Gray and there is so much more to it than just sobri- says Spencer. "I don't run from things The next Issue of II Freeport. Most recently Fr. Marquis had ety; there is responsibility and account- anymore. Instead, I ask questions, sur- The Quoddy Tides will be ]l been pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Par- ability for one's actions every single day." round my life with good people and, be, published Friday, February 9. 1| ish, which includes churches in Machias, Today, Nelson is focused on family and cause of all of this, Iam free ofmypast. -- "! Lubec, Cherryfield and Campobello. Paul and Lindsay Trovarello are confi- I dent the program will continue to evolve Da - " Churdt t Bible" Teaching Ch[ and serve those seeking assistance and nlugc Baptist urc looking for help. When asked about the h . community and its support for the pro- Pastor Tony Mun I gram, they both smile, and Paul says, "The Sunday Sch001-10 am. I commmty has been unbelievably sup- portive. We are constantly blown away by Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 am. Sunday Evening Bile Study - 6:00 p.m. [ the generosity we see in this area and feel Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Prayer Meeting- 7:00 p.m. I blessed to serve such a giving communi- ty." 274 County Road, Lubec, ME 04652 * 207-733- 2002 & 207-271- 8160 I For more information, contact Arise r ebaplis dl@ nai].com I Addiction Recovery at 255-5011 or visit .