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Founded over 40 years ago, Day One provides residential, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and outpatient treatment for young people between the ages of 13 and 24 throughout Maine. With inpatient programs in Hollis, Buxton and Hinckley, and outpatient services in Portland and South Portland, Day One provides a variety of treatment options. Its youth development centers in Charleston and South Portland offer additional evaluation and treatment services.

Accommodations and Food

The three residences are divided into female, male and mixed homes, housing up to 12 clients each. Residents sleep two to a room, though they may have rooms to themselves if enrollment is low. The facilities are converted farmhouses and include offices, exercise rooms and plenty of space to explore outdoors.

Groceries are provided and clients are expected to prepare their own breakfasts and lunches, with staff supervising shared dinner preparation and cleanup responsibilities. Meals are mostly basic, nutritious fare and most food allergies can be accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

Clients in the Day One substance abuse programs typically complete six to 12 months of inpatient treatment, followed by an additional six to 18 months of aftercare. The programs are individualized and highly structured and participants establish personal goals at the beginning of treatment.

Day One requires participation in 12-step programs, individual therapy, group counseling and education. The client’s primary counselor coordinates these sessions and also arranges for family therapy, when appropriate. By doing assigned chores and tasks, clients are encouraged to display personal responsibility. For those working toward their high school diploma, Day One requires attendance at its fully accredited on-site school program. Graduates are also encouraged to continue studies on site that contribute toward college credit.

The IOP program is designed for youth who do not require inpatient treatment, but would still benefit from consistent care. The program runs for six to eight weeks and meets three times each week for three-hour sessions. Graduates of the residential program initially transition to this level of aftercare before moving on to less frequent outpatient sessions. Treatment focuses on group discussion and psychoeducation, supervised by clinicians.

Clients are supported by clinicians trained in substance abuse 24-hours a day, with two staff on site for every four to six clients. Physicians and nurses are called in as needed to support clients with detox and co-occurring disorders. Referrals can be made to additional specialists if required.


Residents of the inpatient programs benefit from activities such as free access to the local YMCA, yoga, hiking, camping, skiing, martial arts, cookouts, plays and day trips. These outings are considered recreational therapy and are designed to encourage fellowship and replace unhealthy activities with healthy ones.

A parent group meets weekly, and play therapy is also available for children who are ages three to 11 and have been affected by a family member’s substance abuse.

Additionally, a 13-week home-based counseling program is offered for youth at risk of being removed from their homes. Clinicians address the mental health and substance abuse issues of these clients and their families.

In Summary

Day One provides a variety of programs for youth between the ages of 13 and 24. All programs are free for Maine residents—they are subsidized through MaineCare and private donations. Clients are able to find recovery in a highly structured, personalized and private setting—there are often as few as two clients in the facility at a time. Clients explore a variety of recovery modalities, while still focusing on the 12 steps and group therapy approaches.

Day One Locations

Day One-Buxton and Hollis
PO Box 41
Bar Mills, ME 04004

Day One-Hinckley
PO Box 129
14 Wandrup Drive
Hinckley, ME 04944

Day One Cost

$5,000 (30 days). Reach Day One by phone at (207) 874-1045 or by email at [email protected] Find Day One on Facebook

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