Methadone Clinics in Maine

Name rehabsAddressPhone
A Better Choice Counseling Substance Abuse Services51 Parmentor Road Palermo, ME 4354(207) 993-2345
Acadia Hospital Substance Abuse Services268 Stillwater Avenue Bangor, ME 4402(207) 973-6100
Access Team576 Saint John Street Portland, ME 4102(207) 780-0020
Aroostook Mental Health Center Outpatient Substance Abuse Services11 Riverside Street Houlton, ME 4730(207) 532-6523
Aroostook Mental Health Center Outpatient Substance Abuse ServicesOne Edgemont Drive Presque Isle, ME 4769(207) 764-3319
Aroostook Mental Health Center Residential Treatment FacilityRoute I-A Limestone, ME 4750(207) 325-4727
Cap Quality Care Inc1 Delta Drive Westbrook, ME 4092(207) 856-7227
Catholic Charities Maine St Francis House Extended Shelter24 Dunn Street Auburn, ME 4210(207) 784-2901x203
Counseling Services Inc12 Westbrook Common Westbrook, ME 4092(207) 282-1500
Counseling Services Inc CSI at Kittery453 U.S. Route 1 Kittery, ME 3904(207) 282-1500

Rules and Regulations

Maine adheres to strict federal and state regulations regarding methadone clinics, overseen by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Regulations cover areas like security, take-home dosing, and counseling requirements.

Certification Procedures

  • Methadone clinics must register with the DEA to dispense controlled substances
  • Complete certification standards stipulated by Maine’s substance abuse office
  • Renew certification annually

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment with methadone has been shown to:

  • Reduce illicit opioid use and cravings
  • Improve patient survival and retention rates
  • Support long-term recovery goals
  • Allow people to improve their overall health and social functioning

How Clinics Operate

Methadone clinics provide supervised, structured treatment plans including:

  • Methadone administration
  • Health assessments
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Case management
  • Referrals to wraparound services

Insurance Coverage

  • Some clinics offer free or low-cost treatment based on income
  • Medicaid covers treatment costs for qualifying adults
  • Some private plans may offset treatment expenses

Drug Use in Maine

Maine’s opioid epidemic declared a public health emergency in 2017

Drug overdoses:

  • 2017 deaths: 417
  • 2018 deaths: 354

Key substances involved:

  • Opioids involved in 85% of overdoses
  • Significant cocaine and methamphetamine use

Addiction Treatment Overview

Inpatient Treatment

  • Medically-managed 24/7 care typically for 2 weeks to 30 days
  • Services: Detoxification, counseling, medication, case management

Outpatient Treatment

  • Regular services at a facility up to 9 hours a week
  • Services: Therapy, counseling, support groups

Treatment Level Unreported

Nearly 14% of facilities did not report their treatment level

Comparison of Treatment in Maine vs. Neighboring Major City

CategoryPortland, MEBoston, MA
Number of treatment facilities72261
Inpatient beds available4181,728
Average cost of inpatient treatment$5,000/month$9,000/month

Methadone Treatment

What is Methadone

Methadone is an evidence-based medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs as part of opioid treatment programs (OTPs) to treat opioid use disorders. It activates opioid receptors to prevent cravings and withdrawal.

Societal perspectives on using methadone as MAT vary, from seeing it as just switching addictions to understanding its benefits under medical supervision.

In layman’s terms, methadone tricks the brain into preventing withdrawal and cravings for other problem opioids.

Methadone Distribution

Methadone distribution follows strict monitoring including:

  1. At least eight urine tests in the first treatment year.
  2. Limited 24-hour take-home supply for the first 14 days.
  3. Oversight by interprofessional teams.
  4. Checking prescription drug monitoring data to inform proper methadone dosing.

Maine categorizes methadone as a Schedule II controlled substance.

Methadone Treatment Effectiveness Research

Methadone has been effectively and safely used to treat opioid addiction since 1947.

Evidence for Effectiveness

Studies show participating in methadone MAT programs:

  • Reduces opioid-positive urine tests by 33%
  • Makes people 4.44 times more likely to stay in treatment

Staying in treatment reduces risks like overdose and disease transmission while increasing employment.

Major Drawbacks

Potential issues include misuse, severe withdrawal if stopped suddenly, QTc prolongation, and respiratory depression.

Comparison to Other Medications

Methadone is equally as effective as buprenorphine for reducing opioid use.


Methadone has demonstrated benefits but also risks requiring careful management under supervision.

About Maine

Maine is located in the northeastern United States, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It shares borders with New Hampshire and Canada. Maine is organized into 16 counties.

  • Capital: Augusta
  • Largest city: Portland
  • Land area: 35,385 square miles

Major infrastructure includes over 22,000 miles of public roads, 3 cargo ports, freight rail systems, and Portland International Jetport airport.

Population Statistics

Maine has a population of 1,362,359 residents.



  • 49.3% male
  • 50.7% female

Age brackets:

  • 16.7% under 18
  • 59.3% ages 18-64
  • 24% over age 65

Top occupations:

  • Healthcare support
  • Sales & office related
  • Food preparation & service