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New treatment team offers hope to people with opioid addiction in Greater Portland

October 01, 2019

South Portland, Maine (October 1, 2019): Maine Behavioral Healthcare, part of the MaineHealth care system, opened a new substance use treatment center for people with opioid and other substance use disorders. A public open house will take place on Thursday, October 3rd from Noon to 5 p.m.

The center provides evidence-based comprehensive treatment for opioid and other substance use disorders to the Greater Portland community. The treatment team provides an individualized approach that is based upon evidence-based practices that include managing cravings through medication combined with counseling. Research shows that people receiving medication-assisted therapy have a 61%* success rate after two years, compared to only 3% success for those without medication.

“With the growing need for addiction services in the Greater Portland area and, in particular, the alarming rate of Fentanyl overdoses, it is essential that we improve access to high quality care,” said Rich Petersen, President of MaineHealth. “Our treatment model takes a holistic approach and is designed to ensure that individuals receive the appropriate level of care based on individual need.”
Treatment is provided through a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes an addiction psychiatrist, medication management, care management, therapy and peer support.

“Individualized and multiple levels of treatment are provided based on the needs of the patient and delivered in a welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere,” said Dr. Linda Durst, Chief Medical Officer, Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center.

The program accepts most commercial insurances and free care is offered to the uninsured and those who qualify.

In addition to the new South Portland location, Maine Behavioral Healthcare also offers intensive treatment at these four locations:

Biddeford IMAT
235 Main Street
Biddeford, ME

Embark Program
12 Union Street
Rockland, ME

Evergreen Behavioral Services
A division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare
131 Franklin Health Commons
Farmington, ME

Springvale IMAT
474 Main Street
Springvale, ME

* Weiss, R.D.; Potter, J.S.; Griffin, M.L. et al. Long-term outcomes from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical
Trials Network Prescription Opioid Addiction Treatment Study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 150:112-119, 2015.


About Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving more than 20,000 children, adolescents and adults at over 30 locations throughout southern, western, and mid-coast Maine, providing a continuum of coordinated mental healthcare from outpatient community offices to inpatient acute care at Spring Harbor Hospital. For more information, please visit

About the MaineHealth Opioid Effort
Three years ago, with the support of MaineHealth’s Board of Trustees, MaineHealth began to implement a comprehensive strategy to address the opioid crisis afflicting Maine communities. The approach included prevention, education and treatment, with Maine Behavioral Healthcare serving as the lead in development the treatment approach.

Learn more about the program from the MaineHealth website.

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization. With more than 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.

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