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MaineGeneral
Residential Services for Women
9 Spruce Street,
Augusta, ME04330
(207) 621-7218
www.mainegeneral.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Women

As the largest private employer in the Kennebec Valley region, MaineGeneral Health is a comprehensive non-profit system that includes: A medical center with three campuses in Augusta and Waterville. A state-of-the-art regional outpatient cancer treatment center Physician practices Nursing homes Specialized rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse services Home health care and hospice services Special care for patients with memory loss Community outreach programs and Retirement living options
MaineGeneral also keenly focuses on preventive health and supports many ongoing programs throughout our communities.
MaineGeneral
Residential Services for Men
2093 Belgrade Road,
Sidney, ME4330
(207) 547-3065
www.mainegeneral.org

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Buprenorphine Services

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid

Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance (Check with facility for details)

Languages: ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired

Specializing in Men

As the largest private employer in the Kennebec Valley region, MaineGeneral Health is a comprehensive non-profit system that includes:

A medical center with three campuses in Augusta and Waterville
A state-of-the-art regional outpatient cancer treatment center
Physician practices
Nursing homes
Specialized rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse services
Home health care and hospice services
Special care for patients with memory loss
Community outreach programs and
Retirement living options

MaineGeneral also keenly focuses on preventive health and supports many ongoing programs throughout our communities.

Our Physicians
The 250+ physicians on our active medical staff come from some of the country's finest medical schools and training programs and provide an array of specialty services from anesthesiology to urology.

Our Patients
We serve patients from 88 cities and towns throughout the Kennebec Valley region, providing them with the broad spectrum of services they need for every phase of their lives.

Our Commitment to the Kennebec Valley
Our mission is to enhance, every day, the health of the people of the greater Kennebec Valley.

We follow this mission with a forward-looking vision of focusing on clinical excellence, customer satisfaction, financial stability and positively impacting the health of our community each day.

Ranch helps girls with substance abuse problems - Addicted

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Ranch helps girls with substance abuse problems

James Coburn

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

EDMOND — Most of the girls being treated for chemical addiction at Four Winds Ranch come from typical families. Their parents have moved to a neighborhood where their children can grow up in a healthy environment.

“What happens is chemicals get in the way,” said Mike Boss, co-owner of Four Winds Ranch in Guthrie. “And it basically begins to sabotage everything you’ve tried to do to enhance your child’s life.”

Four Winds is a substance abuse treatment center designed for teenage girls in a residential setting. He also owns a 24-bed-drug recovery center for boys in Texas.

Boss has been a mental health and chemical dependency counselor for 24 years.

“My initial inspiration was I was one of the kids — a wild, crazy maniac that needed to learn how to stay clean and do the next right thing,” Boss said. “And out of that through my own recovery came working as a counselor at different hospitals. But my goal was always to have my own center.”

Girls from as far away as Canada are sent to Four Winds by their parents for a 90-120 day stay before they graduate to an outpatient program in their communities.

A consistent structure is provided to the girls so they can learn to live within boundaries, Boss said. An educational process involves self-worth and family dynamics. Girls succeed by working with their therapists and therapy groups to “rediscover or discover who they really are inside,” Boss said.

“They make a commitment to stay clean, and then they make a commitment to work on themselves. Then hopefully they make a commitment to go home and continue the process,” he said. “It’s really a spiritual path, not a religious path but a spiritual path.”

Parents can look for warning signs to alert them of a child’s substance abuse, said Donna Silvermane, a registered nurse and facility coordinator overseeing the daily operations at Four Winds.

“They may see changes in their mood, being withdrawn,” Silvermane said.

Symptoms may mirror other disorders. Oppositional behavior of defiance and changes in appearance may be mistaken by parents as a normal adjustment period of adolescence, Boss said.

So a lot of parents get hooked up in, ‘What did we do wrong? What could we have done? What should we be doing?’” Boss said. “And they try to identify where they are involved with the problem and they tend not to look at the chemical use.”

Parents can learn not to enable their children’s chemical dependency problems by setting appropriate boundaries, Boss said. “Parents need to learn to provide opportunities for their children, but they can’t be responsible for the outcome because they have no control over that,” he continued.

He said most parents have used some level of mood-altering chemical themselves during their own high school years. And Boss said about 80 percent of high school students use so...

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