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For over 40 years, Acadia Family Center has provided prevention-education programs for adolescents in our local schools, their families, and for the general public. We remain committed to informing the public about the use of alcohol, drugs, other addictive substances, and the common co-occurrence of a mental health disorder.

Our Therapist/Educator provides a 10-week program for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students in the five middle schools on Mount Desert Island and neighboring Trenton. All students moving on to our regional High School will have been exposed to this curriculum.

These programs address tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroin and opiates, and encourage discussion of honesty, integrity, resiliency, peer pressure, and refusal skills.

When students are armed with this information, they are able to confront risks, resist temptations, and make better decisions.

We are particularly concerned about children with at least one parent struggling with a substance use disorder and/or a mental health disorder. Too often, we concentrate on treating the affected adult, and forget the heavy burden that substance use disorders place on the children of those in treatment.

Although children may be pre-disposed by their family genetics and environment, they are NOT predestined to suffer from a substance use disorder – prevention strategies work!

Our goal is to break the recurring cycles of addiction, abuse, neglect, and violence that affect families

Addiction is a chronic brain disease, and one of our goals is to eliminate the stigma and shame associated with substance use and mental health disorders. 

When individuals find their way into long-term recovery, we all benefit.

When a young person grows up free of addictive substances, we all benefit.