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Foundation House Philosophy
Addicts often imagine a life of sobriety as lacking the adventure and thrill they were used to while in the thrall of drugs and alcohol. The Foundation House program is specifically designed to remove that stigma. We introduce residents to a life that surpasses their expectations by opening their minds to the rich opportunities found in sobriety.
Finding the right fit between the individual and their program of recovery is the first step to success. At Foundation House, we work with clients whose needs align with our core beliefs, clinical experience, physical environment and programmatic philosophy. Our unique blend of trust, freedom and support engages our residents in the process of healing and helps them rebuild their lives in a real-world setting.
“Foundation House is not a program, it’s an opportunity.”
— Foundation House Resident
Our typical length of stay varies from six months to one year, depending on a resident’s needs. During that time, we guide clients through the process of building a foundation for recovery, setting goals for the future, and preparing for a life of sober independence. Foundation House programming is designed to provide residents with a diverse platform of experiences and new habits that reinforce a fun and dignified life in sobriety.
Our program incorporates a fully licensed Intensive Outpatient Program. Clients receive a minimum of nine clinical hours each week through various groups, weekly individual therapy and 12 Step studies.
Our long list of offerings also includes gym memberships, yoga, cooking classes, holistic health lessons, a float spa, woodworking, travel, volunteer programs and sports leagues. We keep our residents busy, but surround their structured time with freedom and autonomy
Each resident achieves personal goals in recovery differently and an individual’s treatment plan and timeline will depend on their own unique circumstances. After the initial six to nine weeks, residents begin to look for part or full-time work, enroll in local universities to pursue a degree, or simply re-enter their academic studies by taking a few classes. Our team assists in the process of finding a job, building a resume, enrolling in classes, and maintaining balance between these new activities and the primary goal of sustained sobriety.
By the end of a resident’s stay at Foundation House, he has found stability in daily life, is able to practice personal accountability and is equipped to begin a life of independence. Graduates begin to integrate into our Alumni Program and we assist in the process of finding housing in Portland, planning a move home, going back to school or transitioning to a step-down program of their choice.
It is essential that residents’ commitment to Foundation House be matched by our own. Every minute of every day is an opportunity to find a moment of impact and insight. From making the bed, to making amends – we are with them every step of the way.
Areas of Specialization
In early recovery it is imperative to bring consciousness to the learned behaviors and impulsive or destructive patterns that have lead to use or relapse in the past. We teach our residents to create the tools and responses necessary to keep them away from a drink or a drug rather those that harm their health and happiness. By practicing and developing new patterns we begin to break old habits and help build a life that is free from deep-rooted process of self-destruction. Our methodology employs an experiential approach that identifies difficult emotional, physical and spiritual moments and transforms association to the feeling of discomfort.
Community & Supportive Living
When a young man is given the freedom to begin to build a life in recovery it is essential that this new level of independence be matched with a supportive community. Our environment and our houses are not separated by age, length of stay or program stage. This allows an individual the greatest opportunity to connect with his peers and find a home in our community. The lasting relationships created in our homes and within our program are fundamental in the transition to a life of full independence.
Process Abuse Treatment
Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Foundation House is an awesome place and it has been the right program for my 19 year old son. When I first visited the website while searching for a transition facility for my son following his 70 days in wilderness therapy, I was drawn to the “foxhole” mentality. All I can say is that the “foxhole” is real and it has worked.
I asked my son today what comes to mind when he thinks about Foundation House. He immediately replied, “[It] helped me learn to live the life I was meant to and to enjoy the things I love in life again.” It seems to me that his words are the best testimonial of all. As his mother, I can share that recovery has certainly taught me to be present … to be where my feet are … and to ask for strength for my son and our family “just for today”. But if weren’t for Foundation House, I’m not sure we would have made it to this day.
When my son entered Foundation House last October, he’d been 2 months in intense rehab, a few weeks at another sober living community in Florida, and had just lost his father to a massive heart attack. He was only 19 and needless to say, I was worried about his emotional wellbeing as well as his sobriety and wanted him to be in a community where he could find support, companionship, guidance and the tools to help him move forward to a life he could be proud of. Foundation House provided all of that and then some. The team, as well as residents, were there for him every step of the way, and when he came home he had a confidence I hadn’t seen before.
My son was a troubled teen and in need of a positive direction in his life when he came to Foundation House. He is a smart student and talented athlete who lost his way and became addicted to pain killers following two surgeries in one year from athletic injuries. He had simply lost his way and lost his motivation. When he entered Foundation House he immediately bonded with the other guys and felt welcome. The counselors are amazing and have been a great help and support system through his journey.
I wanted to let you guys know how I’m doing since I left Foundation House. My first semester back at UNC went fantastic. I made new friends, reconnected with old ones, and solidified my position back at North Carolina. I’m tapped into the A.A. community at school and have a large network of sober friends to support me. I attend three meetings a week and recently hit 20 months of sobriety. I found a girlfriend who is funny, charming, and supportive. Most importantly, I’ve never been happier. I feel whole, and that sensation of contentment is due in large part to the tireless work of you three, thoroughly and compassionately supporting me while I stayed at Foundation House. My whole worldview has shifted, and my obsession continues to remain absent. Love you guys dearly, and happy new year. Also, the braces finally came off!
As you know Sheryl and I came to pick up Evan this past weekend. It was difficult to leave the place where he has had so much success, but it is time to move on. But none of the experiences and achievements of the past number of months would have happened if Evan did not go to Foundation House. It was not easy for us given we work in Canadian dollars and do not have unlimited funds. But your willingness to work with us on making sure we could find a way for Evan to not only go to Foundation House but to stay as long as he needed made it much easier. We really appreciate how you made it as easy as you did.
Meet the Staff
Founder, CEO and Executive Director
Patrick opened Foundation House in 2002 to pay forward his experience in recovery for young men battling alcoholism and chemical dependency. With more than 24 years of joyful and continued sobriety, Patrick has helped hundreds of men live free from addiction and taught them to embrace a clean and sober way of life. At Foundation House, Patrick has created an environment that teaches residents not just how to get sober, but how to stay sober through a practical and holistic approach to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. His primary gift is connecting with residents and their families to help them adopt healthy lives and relationships. Patrick’s introduction to AA and recovery began in 1988. Through inpatient and extended care programs, he has experienced first-hand what works – and what doesn’t – in helping young men to lead successful, sober lives and to grow their kinship with family, friends and work colleagues. Patrick continues to expand Foundation House’s mission of helping young men live life on life’s terms, while also giving back to his community through Foundation House volunteerism and charitable contributions. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University’s College of Business Administration in New York City. He has trained under licensed alcohol and chemical dependency professionals since 2001, specializing in motivational interviewing, PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy and life skills mentorship. Patrick credits his motivational and leadership techniques to studying those of his father; football coaches Vince Lombardi and Bill Belichick; UCLA basketball coach John Wooden; Greg Varley and Geraldine Owen Delaney, formerly of Alina Lodge in New Jersey; and his sixth-grade math teacher Mike Michaelson. Patrick live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his daughter Lula, son Bodhi, and dog Maddy. Patrick enjoys scuba diving, skiing, live concerts, the practices of Buddhism, travel, everything about Portland, Maine, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. A native New Yorker, he remains a New York Rangers fan.
Will began his career in the financial district in Stamford, Conn., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business. Following an internship with the fixed-income trading firm Greenwich Capital Markets, “Hutch” went on to hold positions in equities, fixed-income and commodities at the Royal Bank of Scotland and Gerald Metals, Inc. Now the Foundation House General Manager, Will’s primary focus is running our program’s day-to-day operations. A hockey player since age three, he has skated across Canada and the U.S. and strives to use hockey as a platform for team building. As a captain of many AAA and state championship winning teams, Will is familiar with the importance of a galvanizing a team to produce the most effective results. When not at work or on the rink, Will is an avid skier, golfer and live music enthusiast.
Michael Eng, MD
Dr. Michael Eng is a board-certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist, and he credits this for teaching him the importance of institutional policy and attention to detail. For 20 years in pathology practice, he oversaw the processing and reporting of all tissue specimens that moved through Central Maine Healthcare, and personally directed the laboratories at Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals. In leaving pathology, Dr. Eng was called to respond to the devastating effects that addiction and substance abuse have taken on a generation. In working with Foundation House, he will be part of a more inspired and integrative approach to recovery of health and discovery of purpose as he doesn’t believe Medication Assisted Treatment is the the best option. Dr. Eng’s family has run Camp Wigwam for Boys in Waterford, ME since 1965. He was a camper and counselor for 17 years and is currently camp doctor. Dr. Eng credits camp for teaching him pride in community. Dr. Eng trained for a year in Positive Psychology at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where he also learned to teach YogaDance. He finds working with addiction incredibly rewarding and demanding, both personally and professionally.
Hank Talbot, LCSW, LADC
Hank started his work in the addiction field in 1984, working in an open ward detoxification unit in Holyoke Massachusetts. In 1985, Hank returned to school and earned both his undergraduate degree and his master’s in social work (MSW) from Springfield College. He is independently licensed, holding both an LCSW and LADC 1 in both the states of Maine and Massachusetts. Hank has worked in every facet of the treatment continuum, both in the public and private sectors. His body of work includes a diversity of positions as a program coordinator and director, primary therapist and supervisor, business development advocate, and clinical and contract oversight lead of several multi-state systems. Since 2011, Hank’s focus has been on working with individuals and families affected by addiction and dependency issues in his private practice located in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Hank’s personal recovery started in 1982 in his home town of Springfield Massachusetts. He has been married to his wife Noreen for more than 32 years and has five children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and spending time with his family. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Maine working and playing on my grandparents and aunt and uncle’s dairy farms in the Kennebunk area. Coming to work for Foundation House is like coming home for me. Maine has always been a magical, healing, and safe place for me. Coming from a terribly dark and painful place, desperation drove me into recovery in 1982, but my gratitude for the gifts of recovery has kept me here for more than 36 years. I was trained and worked as a fire fighter prior to coming into recovery and I am incredibly grateful for the skills I’ve developed, and the privilege I am afforded, to provide a life-line to individuals and families to lead them from the maelstrom of dependence to the freedom of recovery.”
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ABOUT FOUNDATION HOUSE
Located blocks from the Back Cove in Portland, Maine, Foundation House is a sober living facility for men. It's among the 33 percent of facilities in the state to provide treatment catered exclusively to men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Foundation House is one of 19 substance abuse treatment facilities in Maine (just 9.5 percent of all facilities in the state) to provide long-term treatment that lasts longer than 30 days. Clients typically stay for six months to a year.
The program provides nine hours of weekly treatment services, including 12-step meetings, group therapy, and one-on-one counseling, as well as family therapy. There’s also a strong emphasis on experiential therapies, such as wilderness expeditions and art, music, and, athletic therapy.
The transition to back into everyday life is facilitated through life skills training such as job placement and career counseling. Foundation House is among the 22 percent of facilities in Maine to provide employment counseling and training to its clients.
The treatment team includes licensed professional counselors, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and master's level counselors, as well as a medical director and a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Clients live in one of three modest homes, which offer 60 beds, located near Foundation House's main treatment building. Amenities include fitness facilities, a therapeutic spa area, and access to an extensive array of sports and activity programs, including surfing, rock climbing, archery, and white water rafting.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the seven alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date, four gave Foundation House positive feedback while three gave it negative reviews. Former clients who reported positive experiences described the sober house as an effective aftercare program with helpful treatment services and amenities. "The program offered an ideal balance of support and freedom where I was able to access all the help that I needed," C.S. wrote in a review representative of positive feedback.
Unhappy alumni claimed that the program provided minimal structure and was too focused on money. In a review representative of negative feedback, M.M. noted: "There are many sober houses in Portland that are much less expensive whose owners care about their clients and their recoveries, not about charging in order to fatten their wallets."
Foundation House fared well on secondary sites, earning an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars based on 12 Google reviews and a 4.9 out of five star rating based on the opinions of 34 individuals on Facebook, which the facility may manage. "Wonderful staff and facility. The employees really care about their clients. Great environment for recovery and treatment," Will wrote in a representative review on Google.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The majority of loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date (five out of six) gave Foundation House negative feedback. While one parent recommended the facility and reported their son found success in the program, the remaining five loved ones complained about a lack of treatment services and structure. "I would not recommend the program. Lots of bells and whistles promised, nice homes to live in, but no follow through," B.J. wrote in a representative review.
Fees are paid on a monthly basis, and are divided into three components: clinical costs, which are billed directly to the client’s insurance company; residential costs, which are normally not covered by insurance; and spending money.
Published on May 2019
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