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May 21, 2008 Clean and Sober

Addiction most often refers to drug dependence, or a state of physiological or psychological dependence on a drug that often has damaging effects (encarta, 2004).

Maine had approximately 15,000 documented hospital admissions for drug related problems in 2007. While alcohol abuse and addiction is far more prevalent in hospital data, opiates, marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs bring many people to desperate situations.

National policies for prevention, interdiction and enforcement are severely challenged by our ongoing epidemic of abuse and addiction. Efforts to help people escape addiction take many forms. Join our dialogue on Wednesday, May 21st at 10:00 AM as we discuss the path to sobriety.

We invite your calls and email with questions and comments.

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Guest:

Ed Oechslie, M.A., ATR-BC, LCP Executive Director

MDI Alcohol & Drug Abuse Group and Acadia Family Center

Ed Oechslie, a board certified art therapist and licensed clinical counselor, joined the staff as Executive Director in January 2006. He holds a degree in art therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has extensive experience in the trauma-sensitive treatment of substance abuse and codependency.

In his approach with clients he often uses expressive therapies, and has a gentle, client-centered focus. He describes his role in the therapeutic relationship as “a witness for each client's journey to empowerment through self-discovery.”

Barbara Royal, Executive Director

Open Door Recovery Center Offering quality Adult and Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs in Downeast Maine. Open Door is committed to the health and well being of the community. Its mission is to provide the highest quality, outpatient rehabilitation and treatment services for substance abusers, their families and significant others at the lowest possible cost. The center provides care regardless of the clients' ability to pay.
The center's philosophy regards alcoholism as a primary disease. Treatment follows the medical model using the teachings of AA and Al-anon as strong supporting agents, with recourse to other successful methodologies. These approaches apply to the treatment of other drug dependencies."

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