Resources

HOUSING:

Housing can be a challenge especially for people in early recovery or drug related criminal histories. Portland Recovery Community Center strives to help connect people with safe and affordable housing, and to advocate for fair and equal access. We work with Maine Association of Recovery Residences (MARR) to promote quality recovery living. PRCC keeps a current list of certified recovery residences onsite and on our website. 

For more information and to learn about housing resources come by PRCC or click here.

Community Housing of Maine

Avesta Housing

EMPLOYMENT:

Portland Recovery Community Center partners with local employers to develop work opportunities and help our members find jobs. A bulletin board with current openings is refreshed frequently and located just above the coffee station. So people can sip and seek. Portland Recovery Community Center also works with MaineWorks, Goodwill Industries and many private corporations and local businesses who care about  recovery and recognize that people in recovery make the best employees.

Milestone Recovery
65 India Street Portland, Maine 04101
info@milestone-recovery.org
Tel: 207-775-4790
Fax: 207-775-5231

St. Mary’s Health System
93 Campus Avenue Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 777-8700

Pine Tree Recovery Center
17 Bishop Street
Portland, Maine 04103
(207) 618-9611

 

 

 

 

Crossroads for Women
207-773-9931

Oxford House – Oakdale
$115-125 weekly
106 Oakdale St. Portland, ME 04103
Tel: (207) 835-0302

Oxford House – Horton
6 Horton Place Portland ME 04102
Tel: (207) 536-0765

Providence Place Sober Living Addiction Treatment Center
19 Bramhall St · (207)835-0682
providenceplacemaine.org
manager@Providenceplacemaine.Org

Anew Sober Living
79 Berkeley St.
Portland Maine 04103
Lynn Avigo (207)712-1220 $625/month 6 beds total

Hadlock Recovery House
240 Park Ave
Portland ME 04101
Will Ryan (781) 985-8501/Mike Dart (781) 364-7253

Ocean House Sober Living for Men
546 Ocean Avenue
Portland, Maine 04103
Greg (207) 618-2129

Myrtle Street Sober Living
43 Myrtle St.
Portland, ME
207-200-4303
Thomas Sepulveres

Chestnut Street Sober Living @ Sherman
116 Sherman Street
Portland, Maine
((774)200-7070- Ryan

Steve Place
31 Warren Ave
Portland Maine
Bryan- 978-382-0904
Nic- 207-332-2991

 

Disclaimer

Portland Recovery Community Center provides links, lists, and information about community resources, including recovery residences. We provide information and listings that we hope are helpful. The inclusion of links and listings on this site does not imply endorsement or recommendation of the information, services, programs or providers listed here.

We encourage informed decision making through asking questions, and seeking professional advice in relation to all health and treatment decisions.

Questions to ask when choosing a recovery residence.

A recovery residence (often referred to as a sober house) is a safe, structured, and supportive environment for people in and seeking recovery. Many times, people come to a recovery residence after completing residential or inpatient treatment.  Sometimes, people move into a recovery residence without having been to treatment.

Each residence has its own unique environment.  Some are very structured. Some have very little structure.  If you or a loved one is considering a sober living home, ask questions to ensure that it is the right fit.

  • Is the recovery residence certified?  

It is important to make sure that the recovery residence is certified either by NARR (National Alliance for Recovery Residences) or by MARR (Maine Alliance for Recovery Residences).

Certification is relatively new in Maine.  If the residence is not certified, find out when they will be and if they are in the process.  Contact MARR for a list of certified recovery residences.

  • What services does the recovery residence provide?

Most recovery residences provide some level of support services and programming. The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) categorizes recovery residences into levels based on the type and intensity of support and services offered.

The higher the NARR level, the more support and services are in place. NARR specifies that no level is “better” than any other; rather, the level of need should be matched with the level of support offered.

Ask about services like peer counseling, educational groups, recreational activities, assistance finding employment, and connections to important community and clinical resources. Request to see a resident calendar, which should list activities, events, groups, etc.

You can also ask about the building itself. How many people share a bedroom? A bathroom? Are meals provided? Who maintains the building?

  1. What are the rules?

Recovery residences have rules in order to provide structure, safety, and support for residents. It’s important to see a copy of these rules and understand them clearly before deciding if a residence is the right fit. Rules may include curfew, meeting requirements, telephone limitations, required employment, drug testing, etc.  Find out what happens if rules are broken. Are there fines? Under what circumstances are residents asked to leave?

  • What are the costs?

There is a significant variation in the cost of recovery residences, and you need to know that the residence is within your budget. Generally, residences at the higher NARR levels will be more expensive than those at the lower end of the spectrum.

You’ll want to ask what fees, aside from rent, you’ll be required to pay. Are you expected to pay for drug testing? What about food? Are utilities separate or included? Are there fines for breaking house rules? You need to be aware of all possible expenses in order to calculate an accurate monthly budget.

  • What is the policy if a resident relapses?

You need to know about the the recovery residence policy for active drug and alcohol users. Most recovery residences do not allow people to remain if they use.  This keeps the house safe for others and maintains a recovery-oriented environment.

A zero-tolerance policy for such relapses is usually in place. At the same time, the recovery residence should assist relapsing residents whenever possible by helping them find a safe place, such as somewhere with higher levels of care and treatment. Emergency contact information should be used, and referrals should be provided to other beneficial resources.

  • What is the training for the staff and what are the staff ratio?

Ask about the staff’s degrees, certifications, and training. It is important that the staff is qualified and experienced.  Staff ratio is also important because it determines the amount of individual attention and care you’ll receive. Ask if a house manager or other staff member is on site 24/7. It’s best if a there is staff available to handle potential disagreements and manage the responsibility of dealing with residents who may be disruptive or intoxicated.

  • Will the recovery residence provide names and contact information references about their own (or loved one’s) experience at the residence?

It’s helpful to talk with someone else who is has lived at the recovery residence and can share their own experience.  Family members may also wish to talk with other family members, or former residents who can explain first-hand what it is like to live there.

  • Does the residence allow the use of prescribed medications for addiction recovery and other related mental health conditions?  

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is more common than in the past, but not all recovery residences are medication treatment oriented and/or capable. It’s important to find this out, and to understand whether medication is part of the recovery residence’s policies and how medication is managed safely.  NARR recently released guidelines for use of medication assisted treatment in recovery residences. In addition, be sure to find out if any of the medications that you may be taking will present an obstacle for living in a recovery residence. Some prescribed medications that have potential for misuse may create a challenge in being eligible for some recovery residences.  It is important to find a recovery residence that is capable of supporting of your medical treatment plan.

  • What is the average length of stay?  

Find out how long the average stay at the recovery residence is.  If there is a high turnover, this may be a sign that the recovery residence does not have a strong program or well-established culture of recovery.  

 

Amethyst House
47 Stevens Ave
Portland Maine 04102
Raelene-207-318-5332
Bridgid-518-536-6590  $700
amethystrecoveryhouse@gmail.com

Grace House for Women
251 Pleasant Ave
Portland Maine 04101
207-615-4356  $2500
sarah@gracehouseforwomen.com

Washington Ave
Portland Maine
978-578-0398-Lauren
774-289-3007- Jade  $875

Chestnut Recovery for Women
Portland Maine 04102
Samantha- 857-234-1607  $800

Sawyer Street Sober Living
Portland Maine
Kari- 774-392-2865  $975

Oxford House Washburn II
192 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102-2805
207-899-1584    $500-$550

Oxford House
Theresa Louise
190 Deering Ave
Portland, ME 04102-2805
207-899-1700    $500-$550

Oxford House Back Bay
37 William Street
Portland, ME 04103-4827
207-899-4687    $500-$550

Oxford House Prospect St
228 Prospect St
Portland, ME 04103
207-619-7385    $500-$550

Oxford House Brighton Ave
472 Brighton Ave
Portland, ME 04102
207-613-9624     $500-$550

 

Disclaimer

Portland Recovery Community Center provides links, lists, and information about community resources, including recovery residences. We provide information and listings that we hope are helpful. The inclusion of links and listings on this site does not imply endorsement or recommendation of the information, services, programs or providers listed here.

We encourage informed decision making through asking questions, and seeking professional advice in relation to all health and treatment decisions.

Questions to ask when choosing a recovery residence.

A recovery residence (often referred to as a sober house) is a safe, structured, and supportive environment for people in and seeking recovery. Many times, people come to a recovery residence after completing residential or inpatient treatment.  Sometimes, people move into a recovery residence without having been to treatment.

Each residence has its own unique environment.  Some are very structured. Some have very little structure.  If you or a loved one is considering a sober living home, ask questions to ensure that it is the right fit.

  • Is the recovery residence certified?  

It is important to make sure that the recovery residence is certified either by NARR (National Alliance for Recovery Residences) or by MARR (Maine Alliance for Recovery Residences).

Certification is relatively new in Maine.  If the residence is not certified, find out when they will be and if they are in the process.  Contact MARR for a list of certified recovery residences.

  • What services does the recovery residence provide?

Most recovery residences provide some level of support services and programming. The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) categorizes recovery residences into levels based on the type and intensity of support and services offered.

The higher the NARR level, the more support and services are in place. NARR specifies that no level is “better” than any other; rather, the level of need should be matched with the level of support offered.

Ask about services like peer counseling, educational groups, recreational activities, assistance finding employment, and connections to important community and clinical resources. Request to see a resident calendar, which should list activities, events, groups, etc.

You can also ask about the building itself. How many people share a bedroom? A bathroom? Are meals provided? Who maintains the building?

  1. What are the rules?

Recovery residences have rules in order to provide structure, safety, and support for residents. It’s important to see a copy of these rules and understand them clearly before deciding if a residence is the right fit. Rules may include curfew, meeting requirements, telephone limitations, required employment, drug testing, etc.  Find out what happens if rules are broken. Are there fines? Under what circumstances are residents asked to leave?

  • What are the costs?

There is a significant variation in the cost of recovery residences, and you need to know that the residence is within your budget. Generally, residences at the higher NARR levels will be more expensive than those at the lower end of the spectrum.

You’ll want to ask what fees, aside from rent, you’ll be required to pay. Are you expected to pay for drug testing? What about food? Are utilities separate or included? Are there fines for breaking house rules? You need to be aware of all possible expenses in order to calculate an accurate monthly budget.

  • What is the policy if a resident relapses?

You need to know about the the recovery residence policy for active drug and alcohol users. Most recovery residences do not allow people to remain if they use.  This keeps the house safe for others and maintains a recovery-oriented environment.

A zero-tolerance policy for such relapses is usually in place. At the same time, the recovery residence should assist relapsing residents whenever possible by helping them find a safe place, such as somewhere with higher levels of care and treatment. Emergency contact information should be used, and referrals should be provided to other beneficial resources.

  • What is the training for the staff and what are the staff ratio?

Ask about the staff’s degrees, certifications, and training. It is important that the staff is qualified and experienced.  Staff ratio is also important because it determines the amount of individual attention and care you’ll receive. Ask if a house manager or other staff member is on site 24/7. It’s best if a there is staff available to handle potential disagreements and manage the responsibility of dealing with residents who may be disruptive or intoxicated.

  • Will the recovery residence provide names and contact information references about their own (or loved one’s) experience at the residence?

It’s helpful to talk with someone else who is has lived at the recovery residence and can share their own experience.  Family members may also wish to talk with other family members, or former residents who can explain first-hand what it is like to live there.

  • Does the residence allow the use of prescribed medications for addiction recovery and other related mental health conditions?  

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is more common than in the past, but not all recovery residences are medication treatment oriented and/or capable. It’s important to find this out, and to understand whether medication is part of the recovery residence’s policies and how medication is managed safely.  NARR recently released guidelines for use of medication assisted treatment in recovery residences. In addition, be sure to find out if any of the medications that you may be taking will present an obstacle for living in a recovery residence. Some prescribed medications that have potential for misuse may create a challenge in being eligible for some recovery residences.  It is important to find a recovery residence that is capable of supporting of your medical treatment plan.

  • What is the average length of stay?  

Find out how long the average stay at the recovery residence is.  If there is a high turnover, this may be a sign that the recovery residence does not have a strong program or well-established culture of recovery.  

 

Crisis Number 1-888-568-1112 (Voice/TTY)

Maine Office of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services
41 Anthony Ave.
#11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
207-287-2595
TTY: Maine Relay 711
Fax: 207-287-9152
Website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs

Driver Education and Evaluation Programs (DEEP)
207-626-8600
TTY: Maine Relay 711
Fax: 207-287-3903
Email: deep.osa@maine.gov
Website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/osa/deep

Housing Office & Contact Information
Chet Barnes, Sr.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
State of Maine, Department of Health and Human Services
41 Anthony Avenue
Augusta Maine 04333-0011
Phone: (207) 287-2595
Cell Phone: (207) 557-5030
FAX: (207) 287- 4334
E-Mail: Chester.Barnes@maine.gov
Website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/mentalhealth/housing/brap