From human connections, a path to recovery

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Christine Drabek, Acadia Family Center’s new executive director, has seen people in the deepest throes of homelessness, disease and addiction. Her ability to engage with others who are in these terrible situations is founded on an optimistic, strength-based philosophy, both personal and professional, that change is possible, ...

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From tales of tragedy, lessons in hope


Kip Young was at Pemetic Elementary School, setting up a PowerPoint presentation for one of his weekly meetings with the eighth-grade class. Young is a drug and alcohol counselor with the Acadia Family Center in Southwest Harbor. He is also a former substance user who got sober 24 years ago ...

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Bath salts use is a concern on MDI


The use of the synthetic drug commonly known as “bath salts” has not been the epidemic on Mount Desert Island that it has been in other Maine communities. But MDI has not been immune to its presence, and there is some concern that, with the coming influx of seasonal employees ...

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Acadia Family Center fosters inner resilience

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Annually, the Acadia Family Center treats between 100 and 120 clients for addictions and related mental health disorders at its outpatient facility in Southwest Harbor. On top of that, the center’s clinical staff also provides prevention and education services for more than 1,300 students in Mount Desert Island schools, on ...

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