The Milestone Foundation was created in 1967 to provide services to members of Portland, Maine’s homeless population who struggle with substance abuse. Its outreach team takes clients to an Emergency Shelter and detox facility in Portland with the goal of diverting them from hospitals and jails. Milestone operates a campus in Old Orchard Beach, 20 miles south of Portland, that provides men’s long-term residential treatment and a transitional housing program.
Accommodations and Food
In the nine-month residential treatment program, men live in a house on the leafy campus. They have roommates, and the residence can accommodate up to 16 men. The residence has two TV rooms, one reserved for sports watching and Wii and exercise DVDs. The TV rooms also have board games, and the house holds a gym and music equipment. Residents make their own food and the house staff helps them with weekly shopping and meal-planning.
In the transitional housing program, which houses up to 15 men, residents start with a roommate in a two-bedroom apartment. After three months, they can apply for single rooms in the apartments or for a studio apartment on the campus. Transitional housing residents are responsible for their own cooking and shopping and recreation.
Treatment and Staff
The nine-month residential program targets clients who’ve had unsuccessful stints in shorter-term treatment. After detox at Milestone’s detox unit or in another facility, men receive a treatment plan that includes 22 hours of group and individual therapy each week.
Clients must also attend at least two AA or NA meetings each week (which are within walking distance of the campus), though most attend at least three or four.
The treatment team in both programs is made up of addiction counselors with CADC and LADC credentials. Therapy uses CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). For clients needing dual diagnosis support, an LCSW visits the campus twice a week to provide treatment for mental health disorders.
After seven months of successful treatment, clients work with their counselors to identify “early re-entry” steps, such as searching for work or attending school part-time.
Many graduates of the residential treatment program choose to continue care in the adjacent transitional housing program. There, men may stay anywhere from three months up to two years. They continue substance abuse treatment at the standard outpatient level while working and/or attending school. Residents have weekly group and individual therapy and are required to attend at least three 12-step meetings each week.
After 30 days of successful treatment, residential clients can have family visits on the weekends. Transitional housing residents can have overnight guests up to two times each week.
Over the last four decades, The Milestone Foundation has developed several programs to assist Maine’s homeless population in battling drug and alcohol addiction. Its nine-month residential program and long-term transitional housing program provide ample opportunities for chronic-relapsing men to learn how to handle the stressors of independent living while receiving on-going treatment and support.
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Portland, ME 04101
Milestone Foundation Cost: Residential Treatment: Accepts MaineCare, Medicare. Some grant funding is available. Self-pay rate is $113/day. Transitional Housing Cost: 30% of Resident’s income. Reach Milestone Foundation by phone at (207) 775-4790 or by email at [email protected]. Find Milestone Foundation on Facebook and Twitter
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