Acadia Family Center envisions the communities of Mount Desert Island and nearby neighbors to be healthy and resilient. We envision year-round and summer populations that are well-informed, compassionate, and committed to the long-term recovery of individuals and families suffering from alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and/or mental health disorders.
Acadia Family Center’s origins began in 1978 when a group of concerned citizens from MDI and Little Cranberry Island decided they needed to do something about the alcohol and drug issues in their communities. The MDI Drug and Alcohol Group was formed and simultaneously a charter for the Acadia Family Center was also filed. Initially, the MDI Drug and Alcohol Group was the active component and funded a number of programs at the MDI Hospital and in the local schools including programs like Project Charlie, an acronym for Chemical Abuse Resolution Lies in Education. Current director, Dan Johnson, used the Project Charlie curriculum in the late 1980’s in his counseling work in several MDI elementary schools. In 1988, the Acadia Family Center opened as the treatment branch of the organization and eventually the MDI Drug and Alcohol Group’s mission was absorbed into one entity, the Acadia Family Center. Initially the center was located over the SWH post office, but later renovated the Heron House Bed & Breakfast on Fernald Point Road, and moved there, it’s current location in 2006. This summer AFC will celebrate it’s 40th year of its origin as a non-profit entity on Mount Desert Island.