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Finding the right substance abuse treatment option is a process, and there are more than 200 to choose from in Maine. The “right” rehab for you or your loved one will not “cure” addiction—recovery is a lifelong journey, and treatment is the foundation that recovery is built upon. You want to find a rehab that will meet your individual needs by focusing on the underlying causes of substance abuse.
Adults in Maine with any mental illness are three times as likely to abuse substances, or qualify as dependent on substances. Over half (58%) of all 2014 substance abuse treatment admissions in Maine involved a co-occurring mental health disorder. For this reason, about half of Maine’s treatment facilities are dual diagnosis rehabs, offering mental health services alongside substance abuse treatment.
Even at facilities that offer primarily substance abuse services, the majority in Maine incorporate unique counseling methods and programs that can meet your unique needs. Many offer trauma-related counseling, as well as groups tailored to clients who have experienced different forms of abuse. There are groups geared towards pregnant and postpartum women, criminal justice and DUI clients, as well as active duty military and veterans.
You’ll also have to decide between inpatient or outpatient treatment options. At an inpatient rehab, you or your loved one will have access to round-the-clock care and support as a resident of the facility. A typical stay is anywhere from 30 to 90 days, during which there are intensive therapy sessions. Inpatient can help prevent relapse early in the recovery process, because clients are separated from their home lives and safe at the facility.
However, not every person can afford to leave their home-life responsibilities, and not every person can afford to pay for inpatient treatment. In these cases, or as a follow-up to inpatient treatment, there are also outpatient treatment facilities. Clients attend treatment groups and counseling sessions during scheduled times, but return home in the afternoons or evenings. Whichever option you choose, research shows that more hours involved in treatment and recovery activities is associated with greater rates of long-term recovery.
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In just 3 years, from 2011 to 2014, Maine saw a 340% increase in illicit drug overdose deaths. Of those overdose deaths in 2014, more than 1 in every 3 involved benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium, and more than 1 in every four involved heroin or morphine. As restrictions have been placed on prescription narcotics in Maine and across the country, the number of total treatment admissions for heroin or morphine has been steadily increasing.
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The state is working hard to collect data about substance abuse, and to use that information to create better recovery systems. Mental health is being recognized as an underlying factor in substance abuse, and the approach to treatment in Maine is evolving. Within the state’s government, law enforcement agencies, and community groups, there is an active focus on the importance of recovery above all.
Though Maine’s communities have experienced some of the most serious consequences of substance abuse, the state is doing everything it can to provide real help to those in need. If you or a loved one is battling substance abuse, we can help you find a quality rehab in Maine. Recovery is possible. Call us today: 1-866-317-7050.
Maine’s authority on substance abuse services is the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Office is responsible for developing, implementing, regulating, and evaluating both substance abuse and mental health services across the state.
The SAMHS Office organizes the Community Epidemiology Surveillance Network (CESN), which studies the spread and development of substance abuse in Maine and its communities. The CESN collects and reviews data to create annual trend reports, in an effort to draw conclusions about substance abuse and inform the state’s prevention and treatment methods.
The Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs (MASAP) is a non-profit organization that supports for the continuous improvement of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services in the state. The group of addiction and healthcare professionals has established a system of prevention and recovery programs in an effort to help more people in the state.
The Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR) is a statewide coalition and one of MASAP’s programs, that unites recovering people and recovery allies from all across Maine. MAAR is the state’s leader in creating recovery oriented systems of care, and runs many peer support programs within local communities.
The Maine Behavioral Health Foundation (MeBHF), another of MASAP’s programs, is a non-profit organization working to build a more caring and effective approach to substance abuse and mental illness. MeBHF raises public awareness about behavioral health issues, supports training and education for behavioral health professionals, as well as strengthens recovery communities with safe places like the Portland Recovery Community Center (PRCC).
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