SACO – Since opening its doors seven years ago, the Our Father’s House Recovery Center on North Street in Saco has grown from a small halfway house helping men to stay clean and sober to offering a much broader range of services.
Now, the center is offering a complete line of out-patient substance abuse counseling services for both men and women. The new counseling offered includes one-on-one help, group counseling, spiritual counseling, family counseling and anger management, according to Rick Martin, the executive director at Our Father’s House.
Payment for counseling services can come from MaineCare, private insurance or even from self-pay agreements, which are constructed on a sliding scale based on a patient’s ability to pay.
In addition to the counseling and sober-living programs offered at Our Father’s House, the center also offers weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and Bible study.
According to its website, the primary mission or goal of Our Father’s House is to “help those suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, homelessness, hunger and loneliness. We are committed to ending domestic violence, hunger in our community, homelessness and addictions and assisting people to reach their fullest potential.”
At Our Father’s House, faith in a higher power is “an essential step on the road to recovery,” Martin said.
Our Father’s House is licensed by the state of Maine as a dual diagnosis and treatment facility, which focuses on addressing the needs of people suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, according to Martin.
In addition to its new counseling programs, Our Father’s House also operates two halfway houses for men only, which includes 24/7 staff oversight and semi-private rooms, as well as a daily regimen of support meetings. Volunteerism in the community is also highly recommended for all residents, Martin said.
Martin founded Our Father’s House, and is a licensed minister, as well as a recovering addict and alcoholic. He said he has been clean for 20 years, and that it’s a calling to give those in need a second chance.
Now that the counseling programs are up and running, Martin said, his next goal for Our Father’s House is to open a halfway house where women with substance abuse and mental health issues can support each other. His long-term goal is to provide a 28-day, inpatient residential substance abuse program.
Martin said what he’s most proud of about the programs offered at Our Father’s House is that the center provides its clients with the education and support they need, enabling them to take ownership of their own recovery and to heal old wounds. The center also focuses on offering its clients self-confidence and the skills they need to successfully reunite with their families, get back to work and lead a healthy, balanced life, he said.