February 10, 2016

Addiction is a chronic illness …


Image from the Jackson Laboratory article

Thank you to the folks at Jackson Labs, read the latest blog from the CHLB.

Vivek Kumar is an assistant professor at the Jackson Laboratory where he uses mouse genetics to study behavior and behavioral abnormalities, including addiction, ADHD and depression. Kumar wrote an informative OpEd recently on how we should use science to understand addiction. He is clear about one thing: Addiction is a chronic illness. He compares addiction with two other chronic illnesses: diabetes and hypertension.

Kumar writes:

Roughly 40 percent to 60 percent of addicts will stay clean 12 months after entering treatment. Similarly, 30 percent to 70 percent of diabetes and hypertension patients will experience reoccurrence of symptoms within a year of treatment onset.

However, the key difference is how this is perceived. In the case of diabetes and hypertension, the fact that treatment suppressed symptoms is considered a success, even if the symptoms reoccur. But with addiction, the reoccurrence of symptoms is seen as a sign that the treatment has failed.

Finally, there is a massive discrepancy in access to treatment. Imagine if insulin treatment for diabetics were abruptly stopped because of a state mandate, if diabetics had to drive two hours to receive a shot of insulin, or if their treatment facility suddenly shut down. This is exactly what addicts are experiencing in Maine. Furthermore, many insurance companies cover acute detox and stabilization but provide limited or no long-term treatment options for this chronic condition.

We hope you take a few moments and read the full article.


February 10, 2016

Daily Reflection

“Thank God for what you have.  Trust God for what you need.”

February 10, 2016

Week One, Day Three – Spring Give Aways


Welcome to Wednesday … Spring is coming!

We started our Welcome Spring Give Aways on Monday!

Today, Wednesday, February 10th the winners are Gail Cyr- Scheduling and Lynn Jones-Hospice

Congratulations Gail and Lynn!

Employees will contact Peggy to pick up their gift.

Peggy Innocenti
Ext – 1630

February 9, 2016

Welcome Julie!


Photo from Sarah Nichols

Brad Coffey and the team at the Foundation office have a new teammate!

From Brad …

“We are really excited to welcome Julie Duran to the Foundation office. Julie takes the place of Sue Ryan, who left St. Joe’s last fall to work closer to her home in Blue Hill. Julie began working with our office as a temporary employee but after a solid search and several interviews it became clear that she was the best candidate for the job. Her responsibilities include gift processing and database management, monthly billing and administrative support for fundraising staff. Julie also serves as the office representative for scheduling and use of the Clift Darling House. Julie and her family live in Corinth. Please welcome Julie to the St. Joe’s team!”

Welcome aboard, Julie!

February 9, 2016

Daily Reflection

“God is not punishing you, He is preparing you.  Trust His plan, not your pain.”

February 9, 2016

Week One, Day Two – Spring Give Aways


Yes it’s cold but, Spring is coming!

We started our Welcome Spring Give Aways yesterday!

Today, Tuesday February 9th the winners are Amy Bowden-Surg-Ortho and Linda Willard-WorkWell

Congratulations Amy and Linda!

Employees will contact Peggy to pick up their gift.

Peggy Innocenti
Ext – 1630

February 8, 2016

The Season of Lent


February 8, 2016

Week One, Day One – Welcome Spring Give Aways

Week1They may be calling for snow tomorrow but trust us, Spring is coming!

We started our Welcome Spring Give Aways today!

The winners for today, Monday February 8th are:
Monday-Janel Bonzey, Surg-Ortho and Elizabeth Fisher-CPCU

Congratualtions Janel and Elizabeth!

Employees will contact Peggy to pick up their gift.

Peggy Innocenti
Ext – 1630

February 8, 2016

International Day of Prayer for Survivors & Victims of Human Trafficking


The Pontifical Councils for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and for Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the international male and female Unions of Superior Generals have convoked an international conference for prayer and reflection on human trafficking, to be held on February 8, Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita,
a once enslaved person from Sudan who was named a saint in 2000.

The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness on this phenomenon and to reflect on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affect so many people, who have no voice, do not count, and are no one: they are simply slaves.

Another goal is to attempt to provide solutions to counter this modern form of slavery by taking concrete actions. For this, it is necessary to stress the need to ensure rights, freedom and dignity to all trafficked persons, reduced to slavery.

A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking

God of freedom, beauty and truth
we believe that your deepest desire,
your most powerful energy,
is that all creation might know abundant life.

We raise our voices in anguished prayer
for our sisters and brothers,
women and girls, men and boys,
who are modern day slaves;
they are your beloved daughters and sons,
exploited sexually or forced to work
because of human violence and greed.

Fills us with your holy anger and sacred passion
that those who are trafficked may know healing and justice;
that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;
that all of us might live in such a way
that others are not made to pay the price
for our comfort and convenience.

Hasten the coming of the day when all people
and our precious Earth itself
will be treated, not as a commodity,
but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth.
Amen. May it be so.

– As shared by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth

February 8, 2016

Daily Reflection

“God has never made a mistake. Ever.”


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