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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is defined as the excessive use of a potentially addictive substance, especially one that may modify body functions, such as alcohol and drugs.  Sweetser offers a safe, structured, ongoing, and individualized program for the individual, family, and/or group.  Our Substance Abuse Services provide care for Maine consumers who are experiencing issues related to substance abuse and who meet the criteria for outpatient services and/or therapists but do not require residential care.

Services include individual and group counseling for clients with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, as well as for individuals affected by the substance abuse of a loved one in Maine. Services are individualized and designed to meet each client in multiple phases of recovery from early intervention, active recovery and relapse prevention.  Sweetser also provides evaluation and treatment services to individuals involved with the state's Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP).

Sweetser utilizes various modalities including individual therapist, group, couples and family treatment, ensuring individualized treatment.  Therapeutic approaches employed can include:

  • short term, brief therapy
  • family and affected others therapy
  • addiction
  • early stabilization
  • relapse groups
  • individual and group adolescent therapy

Substance abuse groups provide both therapeutic intervention as well as psycho-education about the addiction process and the affects on family members, co-workers and friends.  Adolescents and adults can seek treatment and therapy for substance abuse issues from Sweetser.

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