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Facing ChangeThe Basics

Founded in 1995 by Director Nancy Ludwig, Facing Change is a small outpatient counseling facility offering evidence-based substance abuse treatment two hours south of Bangor in Lewiston, Maine. While they urge clients to attend 12-step meetings, their primary therapeutic modalities are CBT and DBT in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders. Facing Change provides Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and outpatient tracks consisting of group and individual sessions.

Treatment and Staff

Facing Change doesn’t believe that “one size fits all” when it comes to treatment, they offer clients individualized treatment plans. IOP treatment length is typically seven weeks. On a weekly basis, IOP is a nine-hour program and outpatient is an hour and a half. IOP clients meet for group therapy, from 9 am to noon, Mondays through Wednesdays.

Outpatient groups meet once a week, on Mondays for an hour and a half. The CBT and DBT-based groups discuss relapse prevention, trauma, grief and loss, anger management, co-occurring disorders, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Clients learn how to change their habits, and ultimately their thoughts and behavior. Individuals meet with their counselor one -on-one on a weekly basis. Overall, groups tend to be small, with no more than seven clients per session.

Facing Change works closely with psychiatrists and provides dual diagnosis support. The out-of-pocket cost for outpatient group therapy is $50 per session. Individual therapy is $75 per meeting. IOP cost is $100 per day, or $300 per week, not including one-on-one sessions.

Facing Change offers an adolescent outpatient track, Generation Next Teen Group that meets for an hour and a half on Tuesdays. Pizza is included and group topics include coping strategies, alcohol and drug education, self-expression and self-esteem.

Besides Ludwig, who is a Master’s-level social worker and LADC, staff includes two LADCs, two CADCs, a CSW, and two interns.

Extras

Aftercare includes one weekly group therapy session and individual therapy, per client’s needs. Facing Change offers a meditation, yoga and therapy group from 9:45 am to 11:15 am on Thursdays.

The rehab provides counseling for victims of abuse, as well as for those who suffer from compulsive disorders such as excessive shopping, gambling, anorexia, bulimia and overeating.

In Summary

While Facing Change has a caring staff with excellent credentials, the IOP is currently on temporary hiatus due to low clientele enrollment, but that can change in the near future. While there is an outpatient track and individual therapy offered at the present time, those seeking more comprehensive treatment might need to look elsewhere.

Facing Change
4 Park St.
Lewiston, ME 04240

Facing Change. Cost: $1,200 (IOP, 30 days). Reach Facing Change by phone at (207) 784-0922 or by email. Find Facing Change on Facebook and LinkedIn

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