Maine Families

Support Groups


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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Please visit the Washington County Recovery Resource page for the latest information during this time. The site is being updated regularly by the Community Caring Collaborative.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that many support groups have changed their mode of operation or temporarily suspended the group. Please use the contact numbers listed below for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 1-800-737-6237
Beals | Saturdays 7:00p (Community of Christ Church, 50 Church Street)
Columbia | Wednesdays 7:00p (Faith Methodist Church, 444 US Route 1)
Columbia | Thursdays 7:00p (Faith Methodist Church, 444 US Route 1)
Dennysville | Saturdays 6:00p (Housing Community Room, 200 Shipyard Road)
Lubec | Thursdays 7:00p (Regional Medical Center, 43 S. Lubec Road)
Machias | Sundays 7:30p (Community of Christ Church, 54 North Street)
Machias | Mondays 7:30p (Centre Street Congregational Church, 9 Centre Street)
Machias | Tuesdays 7:30p (St. Aidan’s Church, 72 Dublin Street)
Machias | Thursdays 6:00p (MacBride Building at Down East Community Hospital)
Machias | Fridays 7:30p (Community of Christ Church, 54 North Street)
Machias | Saturdays 10:00am (St. Aidan’s Church, 72 Dublin Street)
Milbridge | Mondays 7:00p (Congregational Church, 10 Bridge Street)
Pembroke | Sundays 7:30p (Grace Chapel, Leighton Point Road)
Whiting | Mondays 7:00p (Cobscook Friend Meeting House, Route 189)

Alcoholics Anonymous for Women only: 255-3243 or 271-8533
Machias | Saturdays 10a-11:00a (St. Aidan’s Church, 72 Dublin Street)

Al-anon: 733-2068 / 1-800-498-1844
For friends and family of alcohol users;
Lubec | Wednesdays 7pm (West Lubec Methodist Church, Route 189)

Arise Addiction Recovery Support Groups:
Support groups for substance users. Childcare is provided at every meeting unless noted.
Machias | Mondays 7p (271-7060), Christian Fellowship, 3 Davis Rd
Lubec | Tuesdays 7p (903) 371-1502 no childcare available, Christian Temple Church, 41 Main St
Cherryfield | Fridays 7p (669-5520), Church of the Open Bible, 559 Milbridge Rd

Circle of Hope Support Group: 255-3400
Support group for friends and family of opiate users
Machias | Call for current dates 6p-7p (53 Fremont Street)

First Light Substance Awareness (Facebook group):
Facebook page aims to educate, support and provide programs and resources to Lubec area youth and their families

The Freeway – Christ Centered Recovery Meeting: (609) 600-7249
Calais | Tuesdays 6:30p, St. Croix Valley Calvary Chapel, 295 North St. (Childcare provided)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): 271-8670
Machias | Wednesdays 7p-8p (St. Aidan’s Church, 72 Dublin Street)

Quit ME (Tobacco, Alcohol or other Substances):
Tobacco: 1-800-807-1230 / Alcohol or other Substances: 1-866-811-5695
You can call any of their helplines 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.
For tobacco help, MaineCare covers nicotine replacement meds but if you do not have MaineCare the Helpline can cover the cost of either nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for up to 8 weeks if you enroll in their “multiple call option” plan.  Individuals can also re-enroll in this program every 6 months if needed.


Health Equity Alliance (formerly Down East AIDS Network): 255-5849
HIV Testing, Support & resources for living with HIV/AIDS


Maine Families: 255-0481
We have four 4 certified lactation counselors on staff to provide breastfeeding support to new moms. Our counselors will work with moms one-on-one to help them recognize breastfeeding problems and ways to solve them.Our staff is available to work with Moms during their stay in OB after childbirth and can continue to work with them once they return home with their baby. Counselors can provide support in the home and over the phone, whichever is more convenient to moms.


Caregiver Support Group:
For caregivers of family members or friends, and for hospice workers. Email: for more information.
Machias | 1st Friday of the month 2:00 – 4:00p (at Machias Veteran’s Home)

New! Caregivers Facebook Group
A private facebook group for caregivers in Washington County – both informal and professional caregivers welcome.  Our goal is for this group to provide a platform for caregivers to talk to each other, ask questions, offer solutions based on experience with similar challenges, and point to helpful resources.


Breast Cancer Support: 454-0501 / 952-2050
Calais | 4th Friday of month 3p (at Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St)

Downeast Hospice Cancer Support: 726-5087 / 664-0339
Eastport | 3rd Thursday of month 1p—2:30p (at Eastport Medical Center, 30 Boynton St.)
Harrington | 4th Thursday of month 1p—2:30p (at Harrington Health Center, Route 1)
Lubec | 1st Friday of month 1p—2:30p (at Lubec Medical Center, 43 S. Lubec Road)
Machias | 2nd Friday of month 1p—2:30p (at St. Aidan’s Church, 72 Dublin Street)


Next Step DV Women’s Support Groups: 255-4934
Machias | Tuesdays 12 noon (call for location information)
Calais | Tuesdays 5p—6p  (call for location information)

Downeast Sexual Assault Services: 1-800-871-7741 (24/7)
24 Hour Support Line. DE Sexual Assault Services offers support group services to assist victims and significant others of sexual assault. Support group services are confidential (call for dates, times & location information)

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MeCASA): 1-800-871-7741
Statewide Sexual Assault Support Line: 24-Hour phone support, toll-free from anywhere in Maine.


Grief Support Group: 454-3141 or 454-0407 
Drop-in occasionally or come each session, the support group is for anyone struggling with loss or grief. Different grief topics and strategies will be addressed each session as well as coping techniques.
Calais | 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6—8p (Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main Street, Calais)


Hepatitis C Support Group: 255-5849 
A new support group hosted by Health Equity Alliance at the Downeast Machias Recovery Center.  For more information contact: Arielle Metcalf at
Machias (11 Free Street, Machias)


NAMI/Maine: 726-0608 or 263-7889
Safe places to share stories about struggles and successes with mental illness or co-occurring substance use
Machias | 1st Wednesday of month (Kay Parker Building, Hadley Lake Rd.)


Circle of Parents  – For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 263-5270
A supportive, grandparent led group to talk about the challenges and successes of raising your grandchildren. Join us and local families for refreshments and conversation. Child care provided.
Baileyville | 1st Thursday of month 3:30p – 4:30p (Woodland Public Library)

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.)

Circle of Parents  – For Parents with Special Needs Children: 263-5270
A supportive, parent led group to talk about the challenges and successes of raising children with special needs. Child care provided.
Pembroke | 1st Monday of month 3p – 4:30p (Pembroke Elementary School)

Foster/Adoptive Parenting Group: 1-800-833-9786
Foster, grandparents, relatives… raising children; Childcare is provided
Machias | 1st Friday of month 5:30p—7p

Foster/Kinship and Adoptive Families Support Group: 271-3201
Machias | 2nd Tuesday of month 6:30pm (Dunkin Donuts, no children under 1 years old)

GEAR Parent/Caregiver Support Group: 1-800-264-9224
Weekly support group for parents or caregivers of children or youth with emotional / behavioral concerns. Call to register and learn more information.
Support groups held weekly via Webinar | Monday eves 7-8p & Wednesdays 1-2p

Lean On Me: 598-8066
Support group for parents with special needs children of all ages and diagnosis, focusing on advocating for your child.
Milbridge | 1st Tuesday of month 6:30pm (Women’s Health Resource Library)

Parents of Sexually Abused Children: 1-866-871-7741
24 hour hotline for support services


Combat Veteran’s Support Group: 255-6535
Machias | Mondays 9—10:30a


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