Substance Abuse Counseling

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Dirigo Counseling Clinic is known in the community for having a high caliber program for both substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

Evaluations become very important as often there are allegations, suspicion, or other requirements that call for such an evaluation. When a “Substance Abuse Evaluation” is needed, we are trained to be objective as possible and we make no assumptions that taint the outcome. We look for data that is derived from you, the client, as well as data that may come from other records or sources. When we arrive at our formal conclusions, we make sure that they are well-backed up by the data.

Frequently our substance abuse evaluations are needed in court, by the Department of Health and Human Services, by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, probation services, employers, and others. We realize that this can be a sensitive area. We rigidly respect your right to privacy and release records only when you give us permission or if information is required of us by the laws which govern confidentiality of records pertaining to alcohol or drug treatment.

Evaluations for employees of federally regulated safety-sensitive positions require a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) to be called upon if those rules have been violated. The SAP at Dirigo Counseling Clinic has many years of experience of performing these evaluations which can be done efficiently and at a cost that is much lower than generally seen.

Treatment for Substance Abuse problems requires skills, experience, licensure, supervision, sensitivity, and years of training. Dirigo Counseling Clinic offers a long menu of treatment options and takes into account the Level of Care that is medically warranted.

Most insurances are accepted as well as self-pay that is individually negotiated. From time to time we can also offer free or reduced cost of care by using grant funding from the State of Maine as well as interns who are in their last lap of training.

In the course of treatment or evaluations, we can provide urine testing or mouth swabs to help us ascertain progress or decision-making. We might also use some screening instruments to measure progress.

Dirigo Counseling Clinic collaborates with many different other medical providers when medication such as Suboxone or methadone are indicated. These providers also become vital when there is a co-occurring disorder such as chronic pain or mental health problems.

In Maine, our agency makes Substance Abuse services available in Bangor, Ellsworth, and Waterville. We also have an Intensive Outpatient Program in Hampden. We offer individual counseling and small group counseling.