The first twenty days of Operation HOPE have been extremely busy. In addition to answering numerous phone inquiries and questions, Scarborough police saw thirty-one individuals walk in to the police station to request help with their addiction.
We have successfully placed twenty Mainers in treatment programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida: Amethyst Recovery Center (FL), The Shores Treatment and Recovery (FL), The Program of West Palm Beach (FL), Satori Waters (FL), Road to Recovery (FL), Liberty Bay Recovery Center (ME), Crossroads (ME), Skip Murphy’s Structured Sober Living (ME), Phoenix House (ME), Plymouth House (NH), Just Believe Recovery (FL), and Malibu Renewal Centre (FL). We cannot thank you all enough for giving HOPE to Mainers choosing addiction treatment.
Our biggest challenge remains finding placements for uninsured folks, getting those detoxed who need it, and covering airfare and transportation costs to the treatment facilities. There are not enough detox and treatment facilities locally, which presents us with a significant challenge. On top of that, we have been told by the Maine Senate President’s office that only 12% of people showing up at hospital emergency rooms for substance abuse issues have insurance. And since Westbrook Mercy closed its doors, we have no local facilities available to detox those coming in for help. Of the twenty receiving placements through Operation HOPE so far, fifteen without insurance have received scholarships from Operation HOPE.
Ultimately, Maine’s heroin and opiate addiction problem will need to be solved by our politicians and government officials. Until that change comes, we will do what we can to help those in need. But we will need your help, too. Please give to Operation HOPE; together we can save lives!