Alcoholism Counseling Scarborough ME

To complicate the situation, when alcohol is reintroduced to an alcoholic body, the same physiological reactions reoccur. This means that when an alcoholic drinks again, it is only a matter of time before old behaviors, patterns, and dependencies emerge. Because of this, there is no way for an alcoholic to successfully limit or control his drinking.

Crossroads for Women
114 Main Street,
Windham, ME04062
(207) 892-2192

Intake Phone Numbers:
(207) 773-9931

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children

Crossroads is where you would send your mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son for outpatient or residential treatment for substance abuse and mental health in a comfortable, safe environment so they can remember who they wanted to be. Offering Maine’s most comprehensive treatment for behavioral health with a gender-specific focus, Crossroads services include outpatient counseling for men, women and families and residential substance abuse treatment for women.
Cap Quality Care Inc
1 Delta Drive, Suite A,
Westbrook, ME04092
(207) 856-7227

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Gays and Lesbians, Women, Men, DUI/DWI offenders

Heroin and opiate medication (pain pill) addiction can be quickly controlled and effectively treated at CAP clinics. Most patients feel understood and welcome from their first day, and after stabilizing on methadone stop abusing heroin or opiate medication. CAP clinics are licensed and accredited facilities specializing in the treatment of heroin and pharmaceutical opiate (pain pill) addiction with methadone maintenance and buprenorphine assisted treatment*
Milestone Foundation
Extended Care
28 Portland Avenue,
Old Orchard Beach, ME04064
(207) 934-5231

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house

Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare

Milestone Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation licensed by the State of Maine to provide emergency shelter, detoxification, and extended care to chronic substance abusers.

Use the links to the left to find out about our services and our contact information. Use our resource page to connect with other valuable resources in you or your loved ones' recovery from substance abuse.
Discovery House
400 Western Avenue,
South Portland, ME4106
(207) 774-7111

Intake Phone Numbers:
(888) 366-7929

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Specializing in Women, Men

Our Mission

At Discovery House it is our mission to provide comprehensive services for persons working toward recovery ~ through community awareness, quality and holistic clinical services ~ in an efficient, safe and fiscally sound environment.

The overall goal of all DISCOVERY HOUSE treatment centers is to offer effective outpatient treatment that promotes holistic recovery.
Our Statement of Philosophy

Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. It is our job to support our patients as they move through the recovery process.

For our patients receiving medication assisted treatment it is our contention that patients should be maintained on medication for the shortest possible period of time, consistent with that individual’s goals, medical considerations, and their personal recovery. However, stabilized patients who abstain from use of alcohol and other intoxicating drugs, and show evidence of improvement in health and social functioning should be considered to be in recovery or recovering. We recognize that opioid addiction is a chronic, progressive illness that requires more than an acute care model of service delivery. We support a model of sustained recovery support analogous to medical management of other chronic diseases.

We believe that the inclusion of family members and other recovery supports is integral to the treatment of our patients. Harmful behaviors including drug abuse impact all aspects of an individual’s life, treatment is intended to help guide the patient to develop a healthy lifestyle, and improve their personal relationships.

It is our philosophy that the responsibility for personal growth and change lies with the patient. The Discovery House treatment team promotes the following goals and objectives for patient recovery
Health: Overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way.
Home: A stable and safe place to live.
Purpose: Meaningful daily activities, such as job, school, volunteerism, family care-taking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.
Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.

Recovery Center at Mercy Hospital
40 Park Road,
Westbrook, ME4092
(207) 857-8282

Intake Phone Numbers:
(207) 879-3600

Hotline Phone Numbers: (207) 879-3600

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Methadone Detoxification, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Hospital inpatient, Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Gays and Lesbians, Pregnant/postpartum women

The story of Mercy begins over 90 years ago during the devastating flu pandemic of 1918, when we first opened our doors as Queen’s Hospital on the corner of Congress and State Streets in Portland, Maine. At that time we only had 25 patient beds, but from the very beginning we were dedicated to our mission of compassionate healing.

In 1943, Mercy Hospital opened at 144 State Street – named for the Sisters of Mercy, who had assumed full responsibility for the new hospital. A major addition was built in 1952, and then the entire facility was renovated in the 1980s.

Over the years, Mercy has faced many challenges, among those a growing and changing population, and dramatically different medical technologies. At the turn of the new century, as those challenges began to exceed the capabilities of the State Street facility, we embarked on a campaign to create the Mercy Fore River campus. Phase I of Mercy Fore River opened in September 2008 with a state-of-the-art medical office building and an advanced new hospital facility – providing inpatient and outpatient surgical services, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, and The Birthplace – on a 42-acre site overlooking the Fore River in Portland.

As we continue to fulfill Mercy’s mission of service to the changing health needs of the greater Portland community, we will be implementing a two-phase plan that ultimately relocates most of our State Street services to the Fore River campus – though State Street will continue to operate as a full-service hospital and 24-hour Emergency Department. We plan to begin work on Phase II of the Fore River campus within the next few years, and expect to fully relocate well in time for Mercy’s 100-year anniversary in 2018.

Beyond Fore River, Mercy Health System of Maine has expanded even further into the community. Our growing number of Mercy Primary Care Practices in Falmouth, Gorham, Standish, Westbrook, West Falmouth, Windham, and Yarmouth provide individuals and families with quality health care services close to home. Four of these centers also have Express Care facilities, providing walk-in patients with speedy attention to minor medical problems – such as bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains, coughs and colds – when their own primary care physician is not available.

Mercy also reaches deeper into the community with a number of affiliated specialty practices that provide superior clinical care and expertise in a wide range of disciplines. These include:

All About Women
Breast Care Specialists of Maine
Fore River Urology
Gastroenterology at Casco Bay
Lymphedema Treatment Center
MKM ENT Associates
New England Foot and Ankle Specialists
Oncology-Hematology Center
Portland Surgical Associates
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Center.
Sweetser Affiliate
Rachel Davis LADC
1 Northeast Road, Suite 103,
Standish, ME4084
(207) 212-6957

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Men, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

When you or a family member is suffering with the unrelenting effects of an eating disorder and all the rest of the problems that come with that illness-depression, anxiety, self-contempt, social fears, medical complications, etc., you are in a place that you may have never been in before in your life.

For friends and family, you are filled with constant worry about the welfare of your loved one and you want to know what would be the best eating disorder treatment for her. You will desire in your heart to find the best type of treatment for her that will help her have a full recovery from the eating disorder. The difficulty is that there are many different kinds of treatment facilities and programs that basically all say they have what is needed for your loved one's care. How can you really know for sure? You might wish that you could look and compare what every program offers in their approach and treatment, so that you could truly know what would be the best option. You might wish you had a guide to help you sort out what are the real differences between the treatment programs.

At Center for Change, we have empathy for your dilemma and recognize your sincere desire to know clearly what is the best treatment option for expert care. We ask you to look at Center for Change and to let this information about our personal commitment and our clinical programs be helpful to you in your search.

Alcoholism: You Cannot Get Rid of It

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You Cannot Get Rid of It

Tamber Hepner

Friday, September 14, 2007 First of all, alcoholism is a disease and you CANNOT you cannot "get rid" of it. It is a physical addiction brought on by a physiological allergy. Once the physiological triggers are set in place, the alcoholics body will always to some extent crave alcohol. Biologically, it actually takes two years for the body to begin expelling alcohol at the cellular level, and another eight to ten years for the body to be completely rid of any traces of alcohol in the system. Don't be fooled, just because it is undetected in a blood sample after a day or so doesn't mean it's still not there.

To complicate the situation, when alcohol is reintroduced to an alcoholic body, the same physiological reactions reoccur. This means that when an alcoholic drinks again, it is only a matter of time before old behaviors, patterns, and dependencies emerge. Because of this, there is no way for an alcoholic to successfully limit or control his drinking.

What makes this disease difficult to understand, and often misinterpreted, is that alcoholism is a disease which effects the brain and body simultaneously - unlike cancer, which effects particular parts of the body and can then lead to brain malfunction, or schizophrenia, which begins in the brain and can take on somatic (bodily) characteristics. It may be comparable to behavioral diseases such as anorexia, kleptomania, or self-mutilation. One might ask "Why doesn't that person just eat?" or "Why can't that person just not steal things?" but it's far more complicated than that. For alcoholism, it is a physical addiction paired with a mental obsession for alcohol. Even after the physical addiction subsides, the alcoholic must always keep tabs on the mental obsession. Alcoholism is often thought to be a disease cured by willpower, simply because the catalyst for the disease must be consumed, but this is simply not true.

Alcoholism is NOT a disease cured by right thinking, nor is the act of drinking by an alcoholic done so solely to relieve tensions or worries. Imagine an alcoholic who is aware that his life is in shambles because of his drinking, who has sworn off drinking forever, who knows exactly the shape of his health and the jeopardy drinking has brought his health into, and still cannot stop. It is miserable, painful, and uncontrollable by the alcoholic - and very very common. There is no fleeting moments of pleasure any longer for someone who has full blown alcoholism. It is more of a necessity, a dependency. The brain is often so inundated with negative behavior patterns, chemical dependency, and delusion that life is no longer lived within reality, but an altered idea of reality centered around the next drink.

What we need to understand about this disease is that even though it's not curable, it IS treatable. Treatment must consist of a daily regimen, carried out in a lifelong fashion, to continue to abstain fro...

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