Marchers hold signs and candles in remembrance of those lost to drug addiction during a vigil Aug. 31 in Portland. Credit: Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Since April, Darren Ripley has been talking to people across the state to chart available services for people with substance abuse disorders. The coordinator for the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery has been using the information to create a map of treatment and residential facilities, emergency shelters, sober houses, detox centers, recovery groups, community resources, and options for medication-assisted treatment.

But the fate of the effort is uncertain.

It’s not clear what will happen to the map after Dec. 31, since the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery probably won’t exist. That’s because the state has canceled its contract with the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs, which oversees the program.

“After Dec. 31, I don’t know if anyone is going to take this over,” Ripley said. “It’s a shame because there’s a lot of work put into it. It’s a resource that should be updated accordingly.”

The idea is to create one place where people can go to see what’s available for them in their area. More than 290 services have been compiled and verified so far, and Ripley has more to add. He’s also welcoming input from anyone on programs to include. You can write to him at

Click here to see the blown-out version of the map.

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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on domestic and...