letter to the editor

Additional substance misuse resources

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 3:00pm

Dear Editor:

I appreciated the detailed summary of the services available locally through LincolnHealth and the Addiction Outreach program published on July 18, “Boothbay Region's IMAT Collaborative.” However, there was an important local resource that was not mentioned: the Boothbay Region Health Center. The Health Center, which is conveniently located in the Meadow Mall next to the Family Dollar store, also offers an integrated Medically-Assisted Treatment program, which includes medical treatment, individual counseling, group therapy and social work. This program is also run under the auspices of the Federal Opioid Health Home program.

Our program accepts all patients, including those on MaineCare, and we help patients who aren't on MaineCare but meet their guidelines, gain access to that free treatment program. In addition to providing Suboxone treatment for those recovering from opioid addiction, we also treat alcoholism and other forms of substance misuse. We offer evening hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays), and can also arrange early morning hours, if that suits a patient's schedule better. And, we offer pain management services that include alternatives to opioids, as well as the ability to taper patients off opioids safely. Our recovery support groups include both 12-Step and non-12 Step (Three Principles) approaches.

We pride ourselves on helping patients become completely substance-free in a matter of months; not years. Interested patients should contact us at 633-1075 to make an appointment and/or to learn more.

Patty Seybold

Board president

Boothbay Region Health Center