The Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative is a group of caring individuals and organizations devoted to providing a compassionate response
to the crisis of substance use in Oxford County and the surrounding area.

Project Save ME is a WMARI program that helps people with substance use disorders to find the help that they need to recover, and supports them in recovery.
For information about the program, please click here.

We want to train more Recovery Coaches for Project Save ME. For more information, click here.


If you are in need of immediate assistance please contact your local emergency room or police department to be connected with a Recovery Coach.

Upcoming Events

Mon 17

Guided Meditation

December 17 @ 10:15 am - 10:45 am
Bridgton ME
Mon 17

Narcotics Anonymous – Norway

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Norway ME
Tue 18

Guided Meditation

December 18 @ 10:15 am - 10:45 am
Bridgton ME

18th Annual Basics of Substance Use Disorder

Join the Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative as they host the 18th Annual Basics of Substance Use Disorder Conference (formerly known as Basics of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Conference) on Friday, December 7th from 8:00am-4:00pm at the Paris fire Department,...

Thanks for a great Recovery Rally!

Thanks to everyone who supported us in making this year's rally a success! Thanks to those who marched with us, joined us at the park, shared their stories as speakers, volunteered to help with preparation, set-up, and tear down. Thanks to our legislators who sent...

A huge thank you to our Recovery Rally donors!

The 3rd Annual Western Maine Recovery Rally is coming together nicely, thanks to a number of wonderful individuals, businesses, and organizations who are showing their support as donors. WMARI wants to extend a huge, heartfelt thanks to the following donors: Arbe’s...

The Recovery Rally has been moved to September 29! Spread the word!

The planning committee for the Western Maine Recovery Rally recently learned that the Oxford Hills homecoming parade and football game are scheduled for Saturday, September 22--the same date we'd chosen for the rally!!! We decided that it's best to encourage people to...

Getting Excited for the 3rd Annual Recovery Rally!

For months now, a WMARI subcommittee has been hard at work planning the third annual Western Maine Recovery Rally, which will take place on Saturday, September 22nd. The rally will once again start at 11:00 with a unified march from the Norway Unitarian Universalist...

New SMART Recovery Meeting in Rumford!

"SMART Recovery uses tools based on scientifically tested methods for addiction recovery, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. The core activity of SMART Recovery is the network of self-help/mutual aid...

Recovery Coaches needed!

We plan to hold a few Recovery Coach trainings to increase the number of Coaches who can help support Project Save ME. Are you a caring, responsible individual who wants to help people with substance use disorder to find treatment and recovery? If so, please download...

America’s opioid epidemic is taking an especially hard toll on rural places like ours

“The opioid epidemic is a pivotal challenge for many rural places. More than a health concern, the opioid crisis is an issue of rural prosperity and will take the commitment, collaboration and creativity of a wide range of partners to address." - Anne Hazlett, USDA...

December 2017 meeting minutes

Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative Mollyocket Motel/ Crosstone Restaurant December 6, 2017   6:00 - Welcome and Introductions Present: Jessica, Nancy, Michelle, Brendan, Matt, Glen, Janice, Chris, Jason, Bill, Emily, Jennifer, Kelly, and Stephanie Erikson,...

November 2017 meeting minutes

Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative Mollyocket Motel/ Crosstone Restaurant November 1, 2017 6:00 - Welcome and Introductions Present: Brendan Schauffler, Michelle Roberts, Nancy McClean, Tonia Mason, Ben Tucker, Bill Wood, Chris Summers, Fran White, Bill...