Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition
Supporting Recovery from Addiction in Mid-Coast Maine
Addiction to drugs or alcohol has become an all too common in mid-coast Maine, taking its toll on individuals and families throughout our communities.
The good news is that it does not need to ruin lives and destroy families: The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC) is a nonprofit organization that was created to support individuals and families to find help and healing for this challenging problem. Read more (MCRC History) >
Recovery Residences and Coaches
63 WASHINGTON STREET: A RECOVERY RESIDENCE FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition’s (MCRC) is currently raising funds to acquire and support 63 Washington Street in Camden, Maine – a home for women in recovery. For more information, please call Ira Mandel at MCRC (207-701-1182) or donate below.
The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition’s (MCRC) coaches provide encouragement, motivation, insights and access to resources to those in need. Local addiction, behavioral health and medical practices may refer individuals to MCRC’s recovery coaches for ongoing support. Coaches may be reached by calling MCRC at (207) 701.1182.
THE FRIENDS HOUSE – A RECOVERY RESIDENCE FOR MEN
Established in March 2018, and located downtown Rockland Maine, The “Friends House” is a recovery residence for men who are highly motivated to make progress in their recovery. Each resident comes from different settings including directly from the community, from the hospital, detox facilities, rehab or corrections settings such as Maine State Prison or the Knox County Jail.
Meet Our Board
Ira G. Mandel, MD, MPHExecutive Director Dr. Mandel completed his training as a family practitioner in 1982 and completed his Masters of Public Health training in 2001. He has more than 34 years of medical practice and medical leadership experience, ten of which were spent in midcoast Maine including Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties and the many islands contiguous with those counties.
Ned BachusBoard of Directors Ned Bachus earned an MA degree in counseling (1974) and an MFA in writing (1988). As an award-winning faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia, he counseled and taught deaf and hearing students from developmental to honors level, creating courses that linked content in psychology and English and that were taught collaboratively across academic disciplines.
Amanda DwelleyBoard of Directors Amanda Dwelley, a resident of Camden, is a social science researcher who loves learning about habits and behavior change and is continually impressed with humans' resilience to adverse conditions and trauma. She believes that we are all prone to some addictive or compulsive thought patterns and behaviors, and loves listening to how individuals are grappling with this reality of being human, and trying to help. Amanda has a (near) daily yoga practice and loves talking about the "mind-clearing" power of yoga.
Rick BernasconiBoard of Directors Rick lives in Belfast and recently joined the Midcoast Recovery Coalition Board of Directors. More about Rick coming soon!
MCRC IN THE NEWS
A home for elderly Mainers is becoming a sober home for women (Bangor Daily News, Jan 23, 2019)
A new sober living home for women is opening in Camden, after speedy burst of donations (Bangor Daily News, Jan 06, 2019)
Funds raised, closing rescheduled for purchase of 63 Washington St. (Village Soup, Jan 03, 2019)
Midcoast Recovery Coalition raises money needed for home for women (WABI 5, Jan 03, 2019)
Camden Herald Letters the the Editor Dec. 27 (Camden Herald, Dec. 27, 2018)
Recovery Coalition hopes to gather enough donations to save Camden home (WABI 5, Dec. 26, 2018)
Addiction recovery house proposal sparks discussion,… (Village Soup, Dec. 17, 2018)
Coalition hopes to transform Camden’s 63 Washington Street to home for women in recovery (PenBay Pilot, Dec. 6, 2018)
Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition to hold ribbon-cutting June 1 (Camden Herald, May 28, 2018)