June 26, 2020
Some days, you’re so tired you feel like giving up, but you don’t, because you’re on a mission. When you survive addiction, you can keep moving one day at a time.
Carolyn Delaney has been in recovery since 1993. Detox, rehabilitation and 2 years of sober living helped her to get a solid foundation of life without drugs or alcohol and have allowed her to live an extremely blessed life. In 2018 amidst the opioid epidemic, Carolyn wanted to find a way to amplify hope for those struggling with addiction and to provide a way for others to celebrate their freedom from addiction. She kept asking herself the same question: How can we let people know there are 26 million people in recovery? The more she talked about shining a light on recovery so people suffering can see there’s a way out, the more encouragement she received. So with the help of 20-ish volunteers they started Journey Magazine and it grabbed people's attention.
In March of 2019, they published the first issue of Journey Magazine and quickly they learned that she and her team struggled to print enough magazines to respond to the requests for them. Carolyn didn’t have a publishing background, and she had only anticipated the magazine to be a part time passion project. She and her "hope ambassadors" meet every week with palpable energy, wanting to be of service. Their mission is to amplify hope and celebrate freedom from addiction. The initial desire for the magazine was to connect to the recovery community, but Carolyn found the magazine appeals to a broader audience. “It’s a positive magazine sharing resources to help with addiction treatment. Addiction doesn’t have to end in death,” Carolyn said, “it’s so important to show people that you can and do recover and can lead a beautiful life.”
Journey Magazine is a free publication with over 10,000 copies distributed from York to Bath, Maine with some additional distribution points in the North and West. The magazine shares personal recovery profiles, positive stories and news about organizations that are doing good work to assist with recovery programs. The magazine can be found in large employer cafeterias, medical practices, coffee shops, public libraries, universities and college campuses, food co-ops and grocery stores, laundromats, sober houses, prisons and jails.
Carolyn receives many thank you letters and stories of the impact of the magazine from the prison system. “I was scheduled to speak at a Women Standing Together event, and several women from the Southern Maine Re-Entry System were able to attend. One woman spoke to me after my presentation and thanked me and said she and others were using Journey Magazine as a conversation starter and to create a “recovery puzzle.” She said it helped them talk about addiction and places they’ve been. When kids are feeling the direct consequences of a parents actions, it’s hard for the parent to let go of their shame. Because of Journey Magazine, women and their children were able to break down the barrier and have a conversation about recovery. It’s stories like this that encourage us to keep going and solidify that we are making a difference. That’s really powerful, so we keep going.”
To learn more about Journey Magazine, visit: Recovery-Journey.com