Substance Use Services

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs cause clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. A substance use disorder can occur along with other mental illnesses and often interferes with treatment. If you can't stop using drugs or alcohol on your own, you need treatment. AMHC offers substance use treatment and recovery focused services for individuals, families and affected others. Each AMHC Outpatient site offers the following Substance use services:

  • Initial Assessment: When an individual comes to AMHC for treatment, an initial assessment will be done to identify what level of care is most appropriate. Services vary and include the following:
    • Individual outpatient therapy to learn more about your condition and gain insight.
    • Outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs, which require regular attendance for a set period of time.
    • Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP) services for individuals seeking to regain their license following an operating under the influence charge.
    • Linkage to support groups or 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

AMHC offers MAT clinic services for individuals in withdrawal and recovery from opioid use disorders in the AMHC Madawaska, Caribou, Presque Isle, and Houlton Outpatient offices, and in Ellsworth at the AMHC Downeast Treatment Center.

For more information, contact the Access Center at 1-800-244-6431.

AMHC offers a 28-day Clinically-Managed High-Intensity Residential Treatment Facility in Limestone. This facility is an ASAM Level 3 residential service often referred to as “The Farm” and is for individuals needing 24-hour recovery focused care offered by trained counselors.

For more information, contact the Access Center at 1-800-244-6431.

AMHC works with the Adult Drug Treatment Courts in Hancock and Washington Counties to provide adult treatment, case management, and recovery support services for Drug Court participants in Ellsworth, Machias and Calais.

AMHC offers two Peer Recovery Centers staffed by peers to provide participants in recovery with support services which includes mentoring, education, and resource provision. The services offered are located in Caribou, Houlton, Calais, and Machias.

For more information about the Roads to Recovery Community Center services in Caribou or about the Aroostook Recovery Center of Hope (ARCH) services in Houlton please call Stacie Holton at 1-207-493-1278.

For more information about the Downeast Recovery Support Center services in Machias and coming to Calais, please call Amy Day at 1-207-259-6238.

AMHC, under contract with Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, provides grant funding management and payment support for inpatient and outpatient detoxification from alcohol addiction in partnership with hospitals in Aroostook, Hancock and Washington Counties.

For more information, contact the Access Center at 1-800-244-6431.

AMHC runs a long-standing youth early intervention program in Aroostook County, and core to the service is the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp (ATLC). ATLC is a leadership development and drug prevention program focusing on Aroostook County students in grades 5-9.

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To access AMHC’s services or obtain further information, Call AMHC’s Access Center at 1-800-244-6431 Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00.

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