ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - A new substance abuse treatment center in Ellsworth is officially opened and operating after a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.
It's a facility for hope and sustained recovery for whoever walks through the doors.
Shannon Hill stands in front of a room full of different people of different backgrounds to tell her story.
She says, "I am happy to say that I have formed great relationships with the team here. They have been a huge part of my recovery."
Hill has been struggling with addiction since she was 21.
She had sought help from many programs in the past, but nothing seemed to work until she went to DownEast Treatment Center.
Hill, "I've been in a couple other medical assisted treatment programs, and this one has been so much different."
DTC is a treatment hub offering comprehensive medication assisted treatment.
Hill says, "When an addict reaches out for help, that's when they need the help, right away."
With a staff of healthcare providers, substance abuse counselors, and much more, DTC offers a structured program aimed at sustained recovery.
Hill says, "When you're ready, then you need that accountability."
DTC has been serving clients since April, but is now fully operational, opening at a fitting time, during National Recovery Month.
Linda Napier, Medication Assistance Provider at DTC says, "It's a wonderful month to celebrate this place because of the recovery that is happening here."
DTC is a dream come to fruition for several collaborators including local hospitals, mental health centers, and community organizations.
Greg Disy, CEO of AMHC says, "I am the dad of an individual with addiction, and I can tell you that it's programs like this that enable people to recover and we have our child back as a result of a program like this."
Napier says, "Hopefully people will know that the door is open. When someone asks for help, we want to offer it right away."