Finding Help for Substance Use Disorders in Maine

As a result of Maine’s consistently rising rate of drug overdose deaths, more and more individuals are seeking help for substance use disorders. However, the process can be very complicated; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating a disorder like this. There are many different treatment options available in Maine—with so many choices, it may feel overwhelming to try to find out which one is best for you. Fortunately, there are professionals out there who can help make the process easier and more manageable.

Resources for Finding Treatment

For people living in Portland or Augusta: The Maine Behavioral Healthcare Association provides resources to individuals across the state; They have a 24-hour crisis line where staff members will answer questions about treatment facilities and can help connect you with the resources you need.

For people living outside of Portland or Augusta: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator that can help you find treatment facilities in your area.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also maintains an online directory of drug rehab centers across the country as well as many other ones for rehab in Maine.

Types of Treatment

There are many different types of treatment available for substance use disorders, but most programs will fall into one of two categories: inpatient and outpatient.

Inpatient programs require individuals to live at the facility while they receive treatment; outpatient programs allow people to continue living at home while attending regular therapy sessions. Residential inpatient programs provide long-term treatment in a residential facility, while intensive outpatient programs only provide short-term treatment.

Some people may benefit more from one type than another; it really depends on an individual’s needs and goals. For example, someone whose addiction can give them dangerous withdrawals may be better served by staying away from their environment for some time. They can heal in a long-term rehab center for several months while they work towards recovery. On the other hand, someone who lives at home and has a supportive network of family and friends may find that an intensive outpatient program is best.

Other Treatment Options

In addition to traditional therapy models, there are also alternative therapies available for those seeking help—these might include things like acupuncture or yoga therapy. There can be many benefits to exploring these options; however, it’s important to remember that not all facilities offer them as part of their treatment plan.

It will then be up to you and your counselor to determine if this kind of approach would work well for you in conjunction with traditional modes of treatment (like group meetings). Another option is naturopathic medicine: some people benefit from holistic treatments such as herbal remedies or dietary changes (in lieu of taking medication). If you think that these options suit your needs, make sure you are transparent with your healthcare providers.

If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, there is no need to feel alone. There are many resources available to help guide you through the process of finding and enrolling in the right treatment program for you. Remember that it’s vital to be honest with yourself and your counselor about what you want from treatment so that you can get the most out of your experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either—the staff at any rehab center should be more than happy to answer them. And if you’re not sure where to start, reach out to The Maine Behavioral Healthcare Association or SAMHSA for guidance. With their help, you can find the best possible care for yourself or a loved one.

Christophe Rude
Christophe Rude
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