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In Maine and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Maine believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Maine families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Maine who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabilitation Programs to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Maine must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Maine, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehabilitation Facilities for illegal street drugs available in Maine. The differences between the Drug Rehab Facilities can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab Center is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Treatment Center option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Maine Drug Rehab Center for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Rehab Facility in Maine will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehab. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Rehabilitation Program without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehab in Maine, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehab Program should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehab Centers for illegal street drugs in Maine:

  • Maine Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehab Facilities or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Maine Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Treatment Programs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Maine Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Rehab Center for illegal street drugs in Maine. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Maine Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Maine Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Maine Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehabilitation Center while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Maine Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Maine:
  • Opportunity Alliance
    Opportunity Alliance is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 1329 Broadway South Portland, ME. 4106.
    Opportunity Alliance can be contacted by calling 207-799-4160.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Care and Comfort
    Care and Comfort is a Drug Rehab Program that is located at 24 Springer Road Bangor, ME. 4401.
    Care and Comfort can be contacted by calling 207-992-2535.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • MGCC Outpatient Counseling
    MGCC Outpatient Counseling is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 9 Spruce Street Augusta, ME. 4330.
    MGCC Outpatient Counseling can be contacted by calling 207-621-7218.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Females
  • Choices
    Choices is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 263 Main Street Corinth, ME. 4427.
    Choices can be contacted by calling 207-285-0133.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Serenity House Inc
    Serenity House Inc is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 30 Mellen Street Portland, ME. 4101.
    Serenity House Inc can be contacted by calling 207-324-1137.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Males
  • York County Shelter Program Inc
    York County Shelter Program Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 147 Shaker Hill Road Alfred, ME. 4002.
    York County Shelter Program Inc can be contacted by calling 207-324-1137.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Central Maine Family Counseling
    Central Maine Family Counseling is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 300 Pine Street Lewiston, ME. 4240.
    Central Maine Family Counseling can be contacted by calling 207-777-3399.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Court Appointed Services
  • Regional Medical Center
    Regional Medical Center is a Drug Rehab that is located at 5 Lowell Street Calais, ME. 4619.
    Regional Medical Center can be contacted by calling 207-454-8346.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Gloria Giroux LCSW LADC
    Gloria Giroux LCSW LADC is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 18 Rockland Drive Old Orchard Beach, ME. 4064.
    Gloria Giroux LCSW LADC can be contacted by calling 207-485-4914.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males
  • Milestone
    Milestone is a Drug Rehab that is located at 65 India Street Portland, ME. 4101.
    Milestone can be contacted by calling 207-775-4790 x114.
    Treatment Services: Drug Detox, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Freeport Counseling Center
    Freeport Counseling Center is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 143 Flying Point Road Freeport, ME. 4032.
    Freeport Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 207-865-3396.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Northeast Occupational Exchange Inc
    Northeast Occupational Exchange Inc is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 442 Moosehead Trail Newport, ME. 4953.
    Northeast Occupational Exchange Inc can be contacted by calling 207-368-2072.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • South Portland Debra Ouimette
    South Portland Debra Ouimette is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 650 Main Street South Portland, ME. 4106.
    South Portland Debra Ouimette can be contacted by calling 207-205-7556.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Sarah Fowler
    Sarah Fowler is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 7 Oak Hill Terrace Scarborough, ME. 4074.
    Sarah Fowler can be contacted by calling 207-329-8009.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients
  • Recovery Associates of Southern Maine
    Recovery Associates of Southern Maine is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 1662 Post Road Wells, ME. 4090.
    Recovery Associates of Southern Maine can be contacted by calling 207-985-8900.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients
  • Sunrise Opportunites Inc
    Sunrise Opportunites Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 4 Clark Street Eastport, ME. 4631.
    Sunrise Opportunites Inc can be contacted by calling 207-853-4540.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services
  • Kennebec Behavioral Health
    Kennebec Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 66 Stone Street Augusta, ME. 4330.
    Kennebec Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 207-626-3455.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Greater Portland Health
    Greater Portland Health is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 180 Park Avenue Portland, ME. 4102.
    Greater Portland Health can be contacted by calling 207-874-2141 x5028.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Milestone Foundation
    Milestone Foundation is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 28 Portland Avenue Old Orchard Beach, ME. 4064.
    Milestone Foundation can be contacted by calling 207-934-5231.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Sober Living Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Long-Term Treatment for Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Males, Court Appointed Services
  • Dwayne A Hogan LADC LCSW
    Dwayne A Hogan LADC LCSW is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 96 Harlow Street Bangor, ME. 4401.
    Dwayne A Hogan LADC LCSW can be contacted by calling 207-945-9333.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services