Substance Use Treatment

Recovery is Possible

No matter where you are in your recovery journey–just starting out, starting over after years of successful recovery–Crisis & Counseling Centers has a program that will provide the right amount of support. Our agency has been providing substance use disorder treatment for more than 50 years and offers a number of pathways for individuals on their journey to a healtheir and happier life.

Individual Therapy

We help individuals overcome addiction and lead healthier lives. We offer one-on-one therapy, DEEP (Driver Education and Evaluation Program), and a Suboxone Medication Assisted Recovery Program.

One-on-One Counseling

Driver Education and Evaluation Program

Medication Assisted Recovery

Group Therapy

Crisis & Counseling Centers offer a variety of recovery group programs for adults in all stages of change from substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Group therapy can be a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance use disorders, one that is as helpful as individual therapy. Groups have many rewarding benefits, such as reducing isolation and enabling members to witness the recovery of others. These qualities can help to draw people into a culture of recovery. Groups can help treat problems that commonly accompany symptoms of substance use disorders, such as depression, isolation, and shame.

Please check back, as group options may shift throughout the year to meet community needs.

Groups currently being offered.

Affected Other/Family Support Group

This group offers support, education, and essential tools to help those who have loved ones struggling with substance use. Participants receive resources and referrals to additional services when appropriate. In addition, 1:1 weekly counseling is available. This program is 12-weeks, and we can extend it for those requesting additional support.

This group is currently offered in Augusta or via telehealth on Tuesdays, 12 pm–1 pm / 12-week program.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP is a treatment intervention designed to provide increased structure and support for those struggling to achieve or maintain sobriety and require additional support. Referral to intensive outpatient treatment is based on medical necessity to support those at high risk of use/death due to coming out of a controlled environment such as residential, hospital, or incarceration, or individuals awaiting placement in a residential or another controlled setting. Participants receive support, guidance, and education while practicing activities designed to build healthy coping skills and healthy relationships. The short-term goal is to achieve stabilization while increasing motivation/confidence to develop the necessary tools for long-term recovery. 1:1 weekly counseling may be recommended, and/or self-help meeting participation is encouraged. Transition and step down from the IOP is determined by medical necessity.

This group is currently offered in Augusta or via telehealth on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3 pm –6 pm.

LGBTQ+ Recovery Outpatient Group

This group is designed for those who identify as LGBTQ+ inclusive of trans and non-binary people to provide a safe space to allow participants to explore how substance use has impacted their life in the past, present, and most likely, into the future. It is structured to provide support through group cooperation and participation, skill-building through education and practice, and professional guidance to integrate relapse prevention into a long-term recovery plan/lifestyle. This group meets weekly for 90 minutes. This group is 10-weeks and can be extended for those requesting additional support. 1:1 weekly counseling may be recommended and self-help meeting participation is encouraged but not required. This group is designed to support those no matter their current stage of change.

This group is currently accepting referrals. It is offered as a 10-week program for 90 minutes per session.

LGBTQ+ Seeking Safety Group

This group is designed for those who identify as LGBTQ+ inclusive of trans and non-binary people to help participants learn coping skills to manage trauma and substance use triggers. This is an evidence-based program designed as a harm reduction model. Group members learn to develop healthy relationships within the safety of the group process. This group is a twenty-five-week intervention. 1:1 weekly counseling is an option with self-help meeting participation encouraged but not required.

This group is currently accepting referrals. It is offered as a 25-week program for 2 hours per session.

Men’s Seeking Safety Group

This group is designed to help participants learn coping skills to manage trauma and substance use triggers. This is an evidence-based program designed as a harm reduction model. Group members learn to develop healthy relationships within the safety of the group process. This group is a twenty-five-week intervention. 1:1 weekly counseling is an option with self-help meeting participation encouraged but not required.

This group is currently offered in Augusta or via telehealth on Fridays, 9 am–11 am / 25-week program.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

This introductory group is designed to allow participants to explore how substance use has impacted their life in the past, present, and most likely, into the future. This is the ideal group for those who are in the early stages of change and/or new to groups and treatment. Participants are also introduced to what co-occurring disorders mean in a safe and supportive environment where curiosity and self-exploration are encouraged. All group activities are designed to foster discussion, increase awareness/motivation to achieve personal goals, and develop basic planning and goal-setting tools. Additional resources to address common problems and concerns are also provided. This group is 8-weeks and can be extended for those who meet medical necessity. 1:1 weekly counseling is an option based on individual needs.

This group is currently offered in Augusta or via telehealth on Mondays, 3 pm–4:30 pm / 8-week program.

Reasoning and Rehabilitation Group II

This evidence-based group is designed to teach prosocial coping skills to those with substance use. Participants will be provided with education and tools to develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. Participants will be guided through group activities designed to build automatic thinking, feeling, and behavior skills to reduce the risk of recidivism and support long-term recovery goals. 1:1 weekly counseling is an option based on individual needs. This group is available in person only.

This group is currently offered in Augusta on Tuesdays, 9 am–11:30 am / 14-week program.

Recovery Outpatient Group

This group is designed to support those in preparation and action stages of change to provide necessary support through group cooperation and participation, skill-building through education and practice, and professional guidance to integrate relapse prevention into a long-term recovery plan/lifestyle. This group is 10-weeks and can be extended for those who request additional support. Additional 1:1 weekly counseling may be recommended, and self-help meeting participation is encouraged but not required.

This group is currently offered in Augusta or via telehealth on Wednesdays, 4 pm–5:30 pm / 10-week program.

Women’s Seeking Safety Group

This group is designed to help participants learn coping skills to manage trauma and substance use triggers. This is an evidence-based program designed as a harm reduction model. Group members learn to develop healthy relationships within the safety of the group process. This group is a twenty-five-week intervention. 1:1 weekly counseling is an option with self-help meeting participation encouraged but not required.

This group is currently offered in Augusta or via telehealth on Thursdays, 10 am–12 pm / 25-week program.

Not sure which program is right for you?
Call our intake team at (207) 626-3448.

They will answer your questions, provide information, and help you make an appointment for an initial assessment, where we can learn more about you and your specific needs. We are required to bill for our services. MaineCare and private insurance will pay for many of our services. Low or no-cost treatment may be available to qualified individuals.

Meet our compassionate and highly-trained team

Lorie Welsh, P.hD, LCPC, LADC, CCS [she/her]

Outpatient Services Director


Wilder Hart, LADC, CCS [he/they]

Substance Use Program Manager


Jodie Hart, LADC, CCS [she/her]

Substance Use Group Services Manager


Colleen Crawford, LADC, CSS [she/her]

Substance Use Clinician


Dorothy Bolduc, LSX, CADC, MHRT/C [she/her]

Substance Use Clinician


Kimberly Scott, CADC, [she/her]

Substance Use Clinician


Sharon Sagat-Stover, CADC [she/her]

Substance Use Clinician


Carol Mitchell-Cusick, LCSW, CADC [she/her]

Mental Health Clinician


Diana James, LCPC, LMFT [she/her]

Mental Health Clinician


Jackie Belknap, LCSW, CADC [she/her]

Mental Health Clinician


Sadie Donovan, LMSW-CC, LADC, MHRT/CSP [she/her]

Co-Occurring and Mental Health Clinician