Our Father's House Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Our Father’s House

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inexpensive rehabs in saco, METhe Basics

Located in Saco, Maine, Our Father’s House is an intimate, Christian-based substance abuse program offering a co-ed outpatient treatment, as well as a residential program for men. Founded in 2003 by Pastor Richard Martin, the non-profit rehab employs a mixture of evidence-based modalities and teachings from the New Testament. In order to maintain freedom to practice focused treatment without regulatory interference from the state, Our Father’s House willfully withdrew its state license so it is entirely privately run.

Accommodations and Food 

The residential program lasts 30 days with room for a maximum of eight clients at a time. The facility is a picturesque farm house sitting on two acres of wooded land. Residents share bedrooms with one another and enjoy basic amenities including on-site laundry facilities, a full kitchen and an in-ground swimming pool for the summer months.

As a community-oriented program, residents enjoy frequent day trips and recreational activities during their stay. This may include going to the beach or hiking in on the property or on local trails. The cost of food is included in the price and clients are provided with three meals a day. Those entering the program need only bring clothes and toiletries as everything else is provided. Cell phones and computers are not allowed, though residents can bring musical instruments if they wish as staff members and clients sometimes play music together as a form of recreation.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment combines CBT and Bible study, complemented by a range of rotating related topics. The full program at Our Father’s House is intended to be 60 days in duration with the first month spent in residential treatment followed by an additional 30 days in participating in outpatient programs, however clients can enroll in either track independently.

Treatment in the residential program runs from 8 am to 8:30 pm and includes individual and group therapy five days a week and nightly AA/NA meetings (two of which are held on-site). The on-site meetings are a mixture of Most Excellent Way—a Christian-oriented 12-step group—as well as a regular Big Book study. Family therapy sessions are held every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Clients attend church on Sunday.

The outpatient program is more flexible, with daily groups from 9 am to 3 pm, covering topics like the disease model of addiction, emotional processing, communication skills and recovery management. All clients are expected to regularly attend AA/NA meetings and participate in the same treatment methods.

Those with a dual diagnosis are referred to outside facilities as there is no medical or psychiatric staff. However, medication management can be provided, if needed.

The staff for both programs consists of spiritual counselors and LADCs who work with the participants.

Extras

Our Father’s House provides individual, marital, spiritual and family counseling as standalone services at an hourly rate.

In Summary

Our Father’s House is a spiritual facility with heavy emphasis on the teachings of the Bible and well as the 12 steps. Its two-tiered program is affordable and appealing to those with beliefs strongly rooted in the Christian faith and who enjoy connecting with nature. While those suffering from co-occurring disorders will need to seek more intensive treatment elsewhere, Our Father’s House is an intimate and structured program that offers a solid recovery to men and women in Southern Maine.

Our Father’s House
325 North St
Saco, ME 04072

Our Father’s House Cost: Sliding scale ($168  for initial assessment; $84 an hour for standalone individual, marital, spiritual and family therapy). Reach Our Father’s House at (207) 494-0050 or by email at [email protected]. Find Our Father’s House on Twitter and YouTube 

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  1. I did my internship here at Our Fathers House. It has changed me. Everybody who works here are the Most caring and wonderful people I have ever met. Anyone who comes here for help will get the best experience. I have seen a lot of people change for the better in this treatment center. Our Fathers House is truly a Saving grace.

  2. I came to Our Father’s House in Saco, ME, at the lowest point of my life. I have been all over Massachusetts, and throughout the country and nothing has worked for me. Upon arrival, I was met with the staff and was surprised that it was not what I had expected. Initially I didnt want anything to do woth the faith based portion. I was resistant to changing my views and didnt want to hear any of it. After the first week, I opened up and let go of those old ideas. I got a sponsor and started some stepwork and got some relief from the misery I’d allowed to dominate my life. The comradery and close knit family atmosphere of the group of guys allowed me to feel comfortable enough to put in the work necessary to make take a hard look at myself and grow. Our Fathers House was the vessel that brought me to this place where I was able to have some hope and faith that life can get better. The faith aspect allowed me to come to a decision about a higher power, that has nothing to do with the Bible. I was able to discuss my difference of opinions and wasnt forced to believe in something i couldnt. Im beyond greatful for the time I spent there and more so than myself, my family is grateful to have their son back.

  3. Martin Miller on

    Is is a wannabee need to make money place. We looked at the website and it looked so beautiful and clean and just the place you want someone you love to go to recover. But there is not one true picture on that entire website. My son was also there and they is no monitored by a full time staff with social work back groups or licensed therapist. Its mostly a place with room and board and you attend a few group meetings and a meeting with a counselor when they have time. You attend church and the “Pastor” Rick if that what you want to call him give you this lift up speak all the time he sees you as money and looking for more of it. I was surprised to find out that this place was once sponsored by the state and was refunded by the state until 2014 when they dropped him and I can only imagine that he could hind the money trail from them and the amount of complaints that must have been reported to the state by this so called rehabilitation place. They only take cash or banker’s check. I’m sure they don’t claim the income to the IRS.They have two rented places. One is a house/ write of church in the attic of the house at 325 North St Saco Me. and the house what they so call a half way house is at 257 North St in Saco, Me. First it is a place you go when your desperate and you can’t go anywhere else. The house the private pay people live in is run down old house that they don’t put any money into and dirty. The food they pay for in the money they give which is to be included is not regulated or cooked by a professional or nutritionist it is cook by the people being treated and it is full of processed none nutritious food. Some of the food is donated and fed to the paying clients in treatment and no one know’s where it comes from and the conditions the people donating it kept it and if expired or spoiled. The refrigerator are not to cold enough or code, I could go on and on but if you are or have ever been in a rehab then you know what the bottom of the barrel some places are and this one is right there. Thankfully I took my son out of there when a real rehab place opened up for him after a visit my wife and I made to visit him after the time period for no visits and phone calls was over. My wife wanted to take him home that minute but we also wanted him to see the places he will be in if he doesn’t work on his recovery. The pastor was an addict and so are still his family who continually reside in the house and continue to use.while in the house with the people trying to recover. My son told us that you could complain about the owners son or tell on him or he would beat you and his father Pastor Rick would take revenge on you. This type of business praying on the poor and vulnerable should be put out of business. Don’t let the website fool you please go visit the place, go to the bedrooms, open the refrigerator, stove bathrooms and then go to the main house at 325 North street Saco and look at the church, house and the barn. They say they have a pool, they do but it is there as a right off for the business and the house and the recovery addicts were allowed to use it much. Check out the motor cycles and all the things that this so called pastor has as toys while the clients live in minimal living quarters and sanitary conditions. This pastor and his wife hide under the use of God and his power but them themselves use God for their own use. I can’t Judge that because only God can judge but I can warn others of the true experience we had and on the anniversary of his 2nd year sober thanks to the great treatment at another recovery center in Vermont I felt I need to help other men women and families from the fallen under the false promises of what they offer. I will leave on one positive statement because I feel not everyone should be branded by this deplorable excuse for a treatment center is that my son did tell me That there was a counselor named Gary who was very helpful but his hands were tied when it came to Ricks sons actions and the many actions of Pastor Rick. He said he believed that Gary truly cared about people who wanted to help themselves. He said Gary was not there all the time though.

    I hope this helps other families to please look into a place and not just the website picture and what the man behind the curtain( Pastor Rick or his wife) tell you. I do not recommend this place unless the state goes in and make changes to the way this place is run.
    Go look and ask for yourself. God Bless you or anyone with an addiction.

    M. Miller

    • M. Miller, your comments did not help explain this Rehab home. I am very curious why some reviews are from grateful, helped people and then there are reviews like yours. Rehab centers cost money to run. There is no such thing as a “free lunch”, someone always pays. If the state pays for it, you are at the mercy of the state. If you pay for it then you’ve made an investment in yourself and would be more committed to helping yourself. I’m sure that Pastor Rick and his wife are imperfect people, just like you and me. It sounds to me like your expectations were not met and because you had problems there, you chose to make excuses by saying how bad their place is. Since the organization runs of community charity, you get what is given to you and learn to be grateful that you have SOMETHING and not nothing. You don’t sound like a christian with humility in his heart. You sound angry and resentful. You obviously didn’t learn anything.

  4. The write up about this recovery center sounds wonderful but in reality it is a rundown old house which is not clean and pieced together. They only take cash by bankers check for service and the director is a so called minister who holds church in a very small unclean farm house they rent. They food served and the facility that it is cooked in is handled in unclean manner. Most of the food is donated and given to the recovery place because it is almost outdated or what was left over with no regards to where or how it came to them and then served to private paying people who are at their mercy. During my time there when you are at your most vulnerable you feel good thinking these people care but the ultimate goal behind this recovery house is money. I did a lot of work around this old house because unlike some of the recovering people I couldn’t just sit and do nothing so I did needed repairs and helped keep myself busy but I soon found out what they were preaching to you on Sunday was not what they lived on the weekdays. I also found the minister and his wife as are nice people but once you are a little clean you can see the reality a bit different and the love of self and not the care of others is more clear. I was only there for 30 days and when I left to go to another place that had much more controlled therapy and group sessions I saw the need for more government involvement in these places that pop up to make a dime and really are not as invested in the recovery of the substance abuse as they are in a way to make a profit and not provide the things they say. It sounds good in the ad but the actions are very different than what they say. I wouldn’t say not to go to Our Father’s house but I would only go if is your only option. I believe it could be a great place if it was regulated by the state or city to ensure what environment and food being consumed fell under the same rules as restaurants. God Bless and I hope this helped someone who was reaching out to recover.

    • Since you and M. Miller were there at the same time, I’m sure you both conspired to write thoughtless, mean reviews. My comments to you are the same as above; your comments did not help explain this Rehab home. I am very curious why some reviews are from grateful, helped people and then there are reviews like yours. Rehab centers cost money to run. There is no such thing as a “free lunch”, someone always pays. If the state pays for it, you are at the mercy of the state. If you pay for it then you’ve made an investment in yourself and would be more committed to helping yourself. I’m sure that Pastor Rick and his wife are imperfect people, just like you and me. It sounds to me like your expectations were not met and because you had problems there, you chose to make excuses by saying how bad their place is. Since the organization runs of community charity, you get what is given to you and learn to be grateful that you have SOMETHING and not nothing. You don’t sound like a christian with humility in his heart. You sound angry and resentful. You obviously didn’t learn anything.

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