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Substance Use Disorder – Resources for Individuals and their Families

Downeast Treatment Center now offering Virtual Services: 667-6890
Anyone with opioid use disorder (OUD) who wishes to begin medication assisted treatment (MAT), same-day service is now available to anyone across Washington and Hancock counties via virtual services. In response to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, the Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) in Ellsworth has begun offering immediate, virtual, rapid access to MAT for all in the Downeast region…. Patients can expect a virtual intake over phone or Zoom, prescriptions called to pharmacies near them; ongoing, remote access to a medical provider, and access to virtual group or individual sessions with a behavioral health provider. Anyone who does not have insurance or who cannot afford their insurance deductibles or copays can apply for financial support from Healthy Acadia’s Treatment Fund.  Read the full press release from Healthy Acadia.

Please note that many recovery programs have changed their hours or mode of operation. For the latest information during this time please visit the Washington County Recovery Resource page that is being updated regularly by the Community Caring Collaborative.



Down East Community Hospital: Machias
If you have an opioid use disorder and want to start recovery with medication assisted treatment immediately, you can go to the Emergency Dept. They will assess your withdrawal symptoms, provide detox comfort medication and help enroll you in an MAT Suboxone program within 24 hours
Eastport Health Care: Eastport 853-6001 | Machias: 255-3400
Contact one of their offices and they will set you up with an outpatient detox care packet, connect you with recovery support counseling and enroll you in an MAT Suboxone program

Downeast Project HOPE:
If you want to enter a recovery program immediately for opioid or heroin use, you can go to one of the Project HOPE locations. The program will team you with a trained volunteer who will guide you through the process to begin detox and recovery—including accelerated placement in rehabilitation and treatment programs if that’s what you choose. Locations are based on the day of the week: 8am – 4pm Mondays (Pleasant Point Police Dept. 853-6100), Tuesdays (Ellsworth Police Dept. 667-2168), Wednesdays (coming soon – Machias Sheriffs Dept.), Thursdays (Baileyville Police Dept. 427-6203)  Click here to download the flyer
(Note: This process may takes several hours as they work to find an available facility, you may need to travel out of state, travel assistance will be available)


24/7 Washington County Info and Referral Line: 1-833-NVR-GVUP (687-4887)
This referral line connects callers with referral services to counseling, peer services, and recovery coaching. It is intended to bridge any gaps in services needed to support individuals in treatment and recovery.

AA—Alcoholics Anonymous: 1-800-737-6237
Call for info on day, time & location of local meetings or visit our Support Group page for a full list

Alanon: 1-800-498-1844
Info on day, time & location of local meetings
On-line resource that helps people assess their own alcohol consumption patterns to determine if their drinking is likely to be harming their health or increasing their risk for future harm. Through education and referral, the site urges those whose drinking is harmful or hazardous to take positive action, and informs all adults who consume alcohol about guidelines and caveats for lower-risk drinking. Recommended by Healthy Acadia

AMHC: Calais 454-0775 | Machias 255-0996

  • Intensive Outpatient Recovery Program ($) in both locations. Individuals in this program meet with a counselor 3 days a week for 3 hours each session for several weeks. There is a small fee per session if you do not have insurance. This program is open to anyone with a substance use disorder
  • Maine Enrichment Parenting Program This program is for anyone with a substance use disorder, has a child under 5, and has an open case with DHHS. This is an 8 week treatment/recovery program that also provides support in parenting skills
  • Maine Mother’s Network 1‐800‐244‐6431
    Case management for pregnant and parenting women using substances.
    Women who are pregnant or have children up to five years old are eligible.
  • Substance Use Peer Recovery Center Services 498-6431
    AMHC offers Peer Centers staffed by peers to provide participants in recovery with peer recovery support services which includes mentoring, education, and resource provision. The services are offered in Calais, and Machias.

Arise Addiction Recovery – Residential Treatment: Machias 856-812-7729
Nine month residential addiction recovery program. (A commitment fee is required to enter the treatment program). More info from the website: “Those in this program learn structure, discipline and hard work while they study God’s Word and apply it to their lives. Our goal is not only to help people find freedom from addiction, but to help reestablish them in their community as effective members of their families, employees and friends.”  Click here for an application.

Arise Support Groups: (4 locations in Wash. County)
Support groups for substance users are held weekly in Calais, Cherryfield, Lubec, and Machias.  Childcare  is provided at every meeting (see Support Groups tab for dates/time/locations of meetings).

Arnold Memorial Medical Center: Jonesport 497-5614
Medication-assisted recovery for prenatal mothers

Calais Behavioral Health Center: Calais 454-3022
Substance counseling for individuals & families

Circle of Hope Support Group: Machias 255-3400
Support group for relatives & loved ones affected by opiate addiction
Call for current dates, 6-7p in Dr. Sammis’ waiting room (53 Fremont Street, Machias)

Circle of Parents  – Parenting in Recovery: 263-5270
A supportive, parent led group to share the challenges and successes of raising your children while in treatment and recovery. Refreshments and child care provided. RSVP to 263-5270.
Calais | 2nd Thursday of month 3:30p – 4:30p (311 Main St.)
Machias | 2nd Monday of month 3:30p – 4:30p (11 Free St.)

Discovery House: Calais 454-1300
Medication-assisted recovery for maintenance and long-term detox including: Methadone, Buprenorphene, Suboxone and Vivitrol. Substance counseling for families and couples, and group counseling

Downeast Recovery Supports Guide: (printable)
Download this printable guide from Healthy Acadia of recovery support services and substance use treatment in the Down East region.

Downeast Recovery Support Centers: 259-6238
A safe place to get support from peers during recovery. Resources, mentoring, education and support . For anyone seeking recovery, in recovery, and affected others. Open 10a—6p M-F.
311 Main Street, Calais | 11 Free Street, Machias
COVID-19 UPDATE IN SERVICES: The Downeast Recovery Support Center is now offering daily virtual recovery support meetings Monday through Friday from 10-11 am and 4-5 pm.  Open discussion, all recovery meeting are for individuals impacted by substance use disorder or affected others.  Visit their facebook page for more information.  To join a group by Zoom:…
Meeting ID: 373 022 686
Password: 091927
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East Grand Health Center: Danforth 448-2347
Substance use counseling; Mental and behavioral health counseling

Eastport Health—Behavioral Health Center: Calais 454-3022 | Machias 255-3400
Alcohol and substance use counseling; Counseling for families of substance users; Support groups

Groups: Recover TogetherCalais / Machias 1-800-683-8313
New program for opioid addiction. Low-cost program provides medication-assisted recovery (Suboxone), plus 24/7 support and counseling.  Medication is free for those with health insurance or MaineCare, and low-cost ($50-$60) for people without insurance. Call or text for immediate support (text “recovery” to 313131).  “Groups is a community of physicians, counselors and recovering opiate users whom you can rely on for affordable and convenient help.”

Health Affiliates of Maine: 1-877-888-4304
Therapy services for substances and addiction, DEEP counseling

Healthways – Regional Medical Center: Lubec 733-1090 / Machias 255-0102
Drug replacement therapy; Substance treatment and Counseling

Machias Behavioral Health Center: 255-3400
Substance counseling for individuals & families

NA—Narcotics Anonymous: 1-800-974-0062
Info on day, time & location of local meetings

Naloxone Kits and Training (through Health Equity Alliance)
Free Naloxone kit (includes 2 doses) available to opioid users or their families.  To receive a kit you must make an appointment to pick them up in Bangor or Ellsworth and have a 15 minute training on the use of the product. For more information about overdose risk factors and how to recieve Naloxone, email

Needle Exchange (through the Health Equity Alliance): 255-5849
Needle exchange on Tuesdays 3p – 6p and Fridays 10a – 1p at the HEAL Machias office: 7 VIP Road. Email:

Open Door Recovery Center (in Ellsworth): 667-3210
Addiction and mental health outpatient treatment programs and support groups. Also operate a residential housing program for recovering mother’s with children under 5 (see Hills House above)
8 Old Mill Road, Ellsworth

Pleasant Point Health Center: 853-0644 x264
Substance counseling, DEEP Program, Mind Body Therapy, Neurofeedback, Acudetox

The QuitLink (Tobacco): 1-800-207-1230 or sign up online
If you are thinking about quitting or are ready to quit check out their website.  It has checklists and lots of tools you can use to help you quit.  When you are ready you can call the Maine Tobacco hotline or you can register on this site and someone will call you and work with you to help you quit successfully.

Quit ME (Alcohol or other Substances): 1-866-811-5695
You can call the helpline or submit an online referral for help.  This service offers a no pressure approach.  Whether you are ready to quit or just thinking about quitting they will offer different levels of information, support, or counseling.

Recovery Resource & Support Referral Line: 1-833-NVR-GVUP or 207-454-1999
AMHC staffs this line 24/7 to help connect substance users with support, counseling, peer services, recovery coaching and other related assistance that they may need in a crisis situation. This line may be used by law enforcement, medical and emergency personnel, public officials, education staff and other members of the public as well.

Reflections: Calais 454-1491 / Machias 255-0001
Group therapy & family counseling

Safe Harbor – A Recovery for Women (and their children): 255-3741
A place for women to live and grow with their children while seeking recovery from substance use disorder. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive, affordable living environment for women in recovery. Click here to learn more or fill out an initial application through Healthy Acadia.

St. Croix Regional Health Center: Princeton 796-5503
Substance use counseling for individuals, and families of users

Vogl Behavioral Health Center: Eastport 853-6001
Substance counseling for individuals and families

Women’s Health Center (at Downeast Community Hospital): Machias 255-0400
Medication-assisted recovery for prenatal mothers and complete OB/Gyn pre and post-natal care

Other Links & Resources:

The Addiction Project (award winning documentary from HBO)
Stream the film which features insights from experts on trends and treatments in the ongoing battle against drug and alcohol abuse by focusing on case studies and cutting-edge treatments that challenge traditional beliefs about addiction

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse:
Helpful information, links, statistics and articles on addiction and substance use

Brochure – “Seniors and Accidental Overdose
Download this helpful brochure on the signs of a potential overdose, what to look for, what to do, and risky combinations that can cause an overdose.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (from SAMHSA)
This free toolkit has safety advice for patients and family members recovering from opioid overdose, and facts for community members. It offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Quality Healthcare is Your Right (Pamphlet from the Harm Reduction Coalition)
Download this practical guide to getting better care for people who use drugs

Article: “Addiction as a Disease”
Addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine… read more

Article: “Discrimination and Addiction: How to Overcome Prejudice…”
Despite laws put into place specifically to protect individuals against discrimination, many people say they have experienced it in some form over the course of their lives… read more

Article: “How to Talk To Your Kids About Your (or another Adult’s) Addiction”
Opening up to your children about your addiction or that of a loved one is kind of like telling them about the birds and the bees. You want to be honest and informative, yes, but you want to tailor the details to their age, comprehension level and comfort… read more


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