Foundation House Philosophy
Foundation House is an extended-care sober living environment that has pioneered a dynamic approach to recovery by fostering the balance of structured independence and community. We offer a dignified bridge between treatment and living life clean and sober in the real world. We don't just teach how to get sober, we teach the skills and lessons necessary to stay sober.
Our program emphasizes community, adventure, independence, honesty, and effort. Foundation House Standards help build self-confidence in early recovery and place accountability on those aspects of life that help our residents stay clean & sober. Our mission is to help our clients exceed their own limited expectations of what their life can be.
Our weekly calendar features a wide range of activities; individual therapy, process groups, 12 Step instruction, yoga and meditation, nutrition education, art & music, athletic leagues, and wilderness adventures.
Our homes are fully furnished, beautifully maintained and our environment is family-oriented. Residents lead by example and practice meaningful change in a safe and supportive community. Our focus lies in helping our residents build a strong foundation and form a collective strength that will guide them as peers along the path of recovery.
At Foundation House we remove the stigma of addiction and return dignity to those who have nearly lost it all.
Areas of Specialization
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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Founder, CEO and Executive Director
Mr. Babcock is the Founder and Executive Director of Foundation House, having begun his professional career helping men in recovery from alcoholism & chemical dependency in 2002, and since that time has helped hundreds of men enjoy the freedom from addiction and the joy of a clean and sober way of life. It is Mr. Babcock's belief that a 12-step program is essential for an individual to enjoy long term recovery, and, as a result of his own experiences within "the program", has created an environment in Foundation House that teaches the residents not just how to get sober, but rather, through the use of a practical and holistic approach to the 12-steps, how to stay sober.
Director of Operations
Jennifer Holsten is an integral member of the Foundation House leadership team. She is directly responsible for maintaining the campus and residential homes as well as the day-to-day operations—employing the energy and dedication to ensure near flawless execution. Jennifer brings more than 20 years of experience motivating and coaching collegiate-level athletes to perform to their highest potential, and in turn has the ability to galvanize residents and staff to participate in Foundation House activities such as sports leagues and regular house cleans
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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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