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Foundation House

3.9 Very Good (25 Reviews) |
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3.9
Very Good
Treatment Effectiveness
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160 Preble Street
Portland, Maine 04101

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Services

  • Residential Neighborhood
  • Mountains
  • Wilderness

Facility Highlights

Masters level clinicians

Small caseloads

Family therapy

Educational guidance

Wilderness program

120-acre equine ranch

Athletic leagues

Alumni community

Annual international trips

Philosophy

Addicts often imagine a life of sobriety as lacking the adventure and thrill they were used to while in the thrall of drugs and alcohol. The Foundation House program is specifically designed to remove that stigma. We introduce residents to a life that surpasses their expectations by opening their minds to the rich opportunities found in sobriety. Finding the right fit between the individual and their program of recovery is the first step to success. At Foundation House, we work with clients whose needs align with our core beliefs, clinical experience, physical environment and programmatic philosophy. Our unique blend of trust, freedom and support engages our residents in the process of healing and helps them rebuild their lives in a real-world setting. “Foundation House is not a program, it’s an opportunity.” — Foundation House Resident Our typical length of stay varies from six months to one year, depending on a resident’s needs. During that time, we guide clients through the process of building a foundation for recovery, setting goals for the future, and preparing for a life of sober independence. Foundation House programming is designed to provide residents with a diverse platform of experiences and new habits that reinforce a fun and dignified life in sobriety. Our program incorporates a fully licensed Intensive Outpatient Program. Clients receive a minimum of nine clinical hours each week through various groups, weekly individual therapy and 12 Step studies. Our long list of offerings also includes gym memberships, yoga, cooking classes, holistic health lessons, a float spa, woodworking, travel, volunteer programs and sports leagues. We keep our residents busy, but surround their structured time with freedom and autonomy Each resident achieves personal goals in recovery differently and an individual’s treatment plan and timeline will depend on their own unique circumstances. After the initial six to nine weeks, residents begin to look for part or full-time work, enroll in local universities to pursue a degree, or simply re-enter their academic studies by taking a few classes. Our team assists in the process of finding a job, building a resume, enrolling in classes, and maintaining balance between these new activities and the primary goal of sustained sobriety. By the end of a resident’s stay at Foundation House, he has found stability in daily life, is able to practice personal accountability and is equipped to begin a life of independence. Graduates begin to integrate into our Alumni Program and we assist in the process of finding housing in Portland, planning a move home, going back to school or transitioning to a step-down program of their choice. It is essential that residents’ commitment to Foundation House be matched by our own. Every minute of every day is an opportunity to find a moment of impact and insight. From making the bed, to making amends – we are with them every step of the way.

Testimonials

  • Foundation House is an awesome place and it has been the right program for my 19 year old son. When I first visited the website while searching for a transition facility for my son following his 70 days in wilderness therapy, I was drawn to the “foxhole” mentality. All I can say is that the “foxhole” is real and it has worked.
  • I asked my son today what comes to mind when he thinks about Foundation House. He immediately replied, “[It] helped me learn to live the life I was meant to and to enjoy the things I love in life again.” It seems to me that his words are the best testimonial of all. As his mother, I can share that recovery has certainly taught me to be present … to be where my feet are … and to ask for strength for my son and our family “just for today”. But if weren’t for Foundation House, I’m not sure we would have made it to this day.
  • When my son entered Foundation House last October, he’d been 2 months in intense rehab, a few weeks at another sober living community in Florida, and had just lost his father to a massive heart attack. He was only 19 and needless to say, I was worried about his emotional wellbeing as well as his sobriety and wanted him to be in a community where he could find support, companionship, guidance and the tools to help him move forward to a life he could be proud of. Foundation House provided all of that and then some. The team, as well as residents, were there for him every step of the way, and when he came home he had a confidence I hadn’t seen before.
  • My son was a troubled teen and in need of a positive direction in his life when he came to Foundation House. He is a smart student and talented athlete who lost his way and became addicted to pain killers following two surgeries in one year from athletic injuries. He had simply lost his way and lost his motivation. When he entered Foundation House he immediately bonded with the other guys and felt welcome. The counselors are amazing and have been a great help and support system through his journey.
  • I wanted to let you guys know how I’m doing since I left Foundation House. My first semester back at UNC went fantastic. I made new friends, reconnected with old ones, and solidified my position back at North Carolina. I’m tapped into the A.A. community at school and have a large network of sober friends to support me. I attend three meetings a week and recently hit 20 months of sobriety. I found a girlfriend who is funny, charming, and supportive. Most importantly, I’ve never been happier. I feel whole, and that sensation of contentment is due in large part to the tireless work of you three, thoroughly and compassionately supporting me while I stayed at Foundation House. My whole worldview has shifted, and my obsession continues to remain absent. Love you guys dearly, and happy new year. Also, the braces finally came off!
  • As you know Sheryl and I came to pick up Evan this past weekend. It was difficult to leave the place where he has had so much success, but it is time to move on. But none of the experiences and achievements of the past number of months would have happened if Evan did not go to Foundation House. It was not easy for us given we work in Canadian dollars and do not have unlimited funds. But your willingness to work with us on making sure we could find a way for Evan to not only go to Foundation House but to stay as long as he needed made it much easier. We really appreciate how you made it as easy as you did.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Patrick Babcock
Founder, CEO and Executive Director

Patrick opened Foundation House in 2002 to pay forward his experience in recovery for young men battling alcoholism and chemical dependency. With more than 24 years of joyful and continued sobriety, Patrick has helped hundreds of men live free from addiction and taught them to embrace a clean and sober way of life. At Foundation House, Patrick has created an environment that teaches residents not just how to get sober, but how to stay sober through a practical and holistic approach to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. His primary gift is connecting with residents and their families to help them adopt healthy lives and relationships. Patrick’s introduction to AA and recovery began in 1988. Through inpatient and extended care programs, he has experienced first-hand what works – and what doesn’t – in helping young men to lead successful, sober lives and to grow their kinship with family, friends and work colleagues. Patrick continues to expand Foundation House’s mission of helping young men live life on life’s terms, while also giving back to his community through Foundation House volunteerism and charitable contributions. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University’s College of Business Administration in New York City. He has trained under licensed alcohol and chemical dependency professionals since 2001, specializing in motivational interviewing, PTSD, cognitive behavioral therapy and life skills mentorship. Patrick credits his motivational and leadership techniques to studying those of his father; football coaches Vince Lombardi and Bill Belichick; UCLA basketball coach John Wooden; Greg Varley and Geraldine Owen Delaney, formerly of Alina Lodge in New Jersey; and his sixth-grade math teacher Mike Michaelson. Patrick live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with his daughter Lula, son Bodhi, and dog Maddy. Patrick enjoys scuba diving, skiing, live concerts, the practices of Buddhism, travel, everything about Portland, Maine, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. A native New Yorker, he remains a New York Rangers fan.

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William Hutchinson
General Manager

Will began his career in the financial district in Stamford, Conn., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business. Following an internship with the fixed-income trading firm Greenwich Capital Markets, “Hutch” went on to hold positions in equities, fixed-income and commodities at the Royal Bank of Scotland and Gerald Metals, Inc. Now the Foundation House General Manager, Will’s primary focus is running our program’s day-to-day operations. A hockey player since age three, he has skated across Canada and the U.S. and strives to use hockey as a platform for team building. As a captain of many AAA and state championship winning teams, Will is familiar with the importance of a galvanizing a team to produce the most effective results. When not at work or on the rink, Will is an avid skier, golfer and live music enthusiast.

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Michael Eng, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Michael Eng is a board-certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist, and he credits this for teaching him the importance of institutional policy and attention to detail. For 20 years in pathology practice, he oversaw the processing and reporting of all tissue specimens that moved through Central Maine Healthcare, and personally directed the laboratories at Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals. In leaving pathology, Dr. Eng was called to respond to the devastating effects that addiction and substance abuse have taken on a generation. In working with Foundation House, he will be part of a more inspired and integrative approach to recovery of health and discovery of purpose as he doesn’t believe Medication Assisted Treatment is the the best option. Dr. Eng’s family has run Camp Wigwam for Boys in Waterford, ME since 1965. He was a camper and counselor for 17 years and is currently camp doctor. Dr. Eng credits camp for teaching him pride in community. Dr. Eng trained for a year in Positive Psychology at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where he also learned to teach YogaDance. He finds working with addiction incredibly rewarding and demanding, both personally and professionally.

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Hank Talbot, LCSW, LADC
Primary Therapist

Hank started his work in the addiction field in 1984, working in an open ward detoxification unit in Holyoke Massachusetts. In 1985, Hank returned to school and earned both his undergraduate degree and his master’s in social work (MSW) from Springfield College. He is independently licensed, holding both an LCSW and LADC 1 in both the states of Maine and Massachusetts. Hank has worked in every facet of the treatment continuum, both in the public and private sectors. His body of work includes a diversity of positions as a program coordinator and director, primary therapist and supervisor, business development advocate, and clinical and contract oversight lead of several multi-state systems. Since 2011, Hank’s focus has been on working with individuals and families affected by addiction and dependency issues in his private practice located in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Hank’s personal recovery started in 1982 in his home town of Springfield Massachusetts. He has been married to his wife Noreen for more than 32 years and has five children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and spending time with his family. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time in Maine working and playing on my grandparents and aunt and uncle’s dairy farms in the Kennebunk area. Coming to work for Foundation House is like coming home for me. Maine has always been a magical, healing, and safe place for me. Coming from a terribly dark and painful place, desperation drove me into recovery in 1982, but my gratitude for the gifts of recovery has kept me here for more than 36 years. I was trained and worked as a fire fighter prior to coming into recovery and I am incredibly grateful for the skills I’ve developed, and the privilege I am afforded, to provide a life-line to individuals and families to lead them from the maelstrom of dependence to the freedom of recovery.”

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5.0
Excellent
Foundation House is a secondary treatment center/sober living house I attended after going through 60 days at Cirque Lodge. I took all the tools I learned to stay sober from Cirque Lodge to Foundation House. It was at FH how I truly learned to be happy joyous and free. Through the help of attentive, caring, and understanding staff, I was able to push through my fears and actually live life on life’s terms. I can’t rave enough about FH. After an 8 month stay, I got the opportunity to stay around the community and work here. My year working here has given me so many gifts and memories that I will cherish forever.
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4.7
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Foundation house provides a unique environment for recovery. If you are willing to put the work in, there is so much you can get out of this program.
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4.3
Great
Had an excellent and unparalleled experience while both attending and being an employee of the program. Those in attendance are given every opportunity imaginable to make positive change in their lives.
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5.0
Excellent
This extended care sober living facility was the piece of the puzzle that had been missing. I went to two treatment facilities and returned back home both times and relapsed nearly right away. This last time I went away to Maine from NYC and began anew. i was living with a bunch of sober guys who were like-minded for the most part and bought right in to the culture that was pervasive here. Guys were getting well, getting sponsors, going to meetings, working AA 12 steps, providing service both in AA and our community, we were engaged in fun activities like tennis, golf, football, kayaking, yoga, acupuncture, going to the beach, playing golf and football to name a few.
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4.7
Excellent
The treatment is 24/7. Extremely involved and effective. Strength: Providing and facilitating a strong, healthy culture amongst the residents.
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4.3
Great
great faculty and services in an amazing area. Strengths: alumni staff, positive energy, strong pack mentality, brotherhood. Weakness: artistic programs more than just a music studio.
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5.0
Excellent
Amazing staff, amazing services. Strengths: Strong staff, positive culture.
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5.0
Excellent
Best in the game. Strengths: Activities, therapy, brotherhood, staff.
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4.7
Excellent
Everything was better than expected. The only thing I did not find helpful was that I had a new therapist every 2 months. Strengths: Community and support from others is a strength. Athletic, wilderness, and holistic activities as well. Weaknesses: Not much structure to many aspects, though that always comes with having freedom within a program. Foundation House is not for people looking for a very disciplined, structured program.
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4.7
Excellent
You can tell how much the staff cares for the residents by their daily commitment and day to day availability. No matter what time of day, staff can be reached by residents of the program to offer support and guidance. Strength: Programming activities cover a wide range of interests and work to push comfort zones among the resident population. Weakness: Meals are not provided.
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3.7
Very Good
There was no better place I could have landed following primary treatment. Strengths: Tremendous amount of activity in which to participate. Very honest and straight forward approach to treatment. Weakness: It all depends on your perspective. Guys there are afforded a significant amount of freedom, which can either facilitate your recovery or sidetrack it.
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1.3
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Their website is deceiving as many of the amenities are promoted are no longer part of the program (too expensive) you can find much better programs that cost much less
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There needs to be a better intake procedure. People need to be turned down who need more supervision. Counselors do not prioritize family members and actually cause more friction. I do not believe in counseling using sarcasm and punishment and found both were used here . A psychiatrist is not on staff rather a nurse practitioner psychiatrist . Perhaps if your loved one is 100 percent committed to sobriety and does not need meds or psychiatric help this would be a great place but do not put a loved one here who needs a more contained environment . There is no weekend help and the guys basically do as they please . Too much freedom for early recovery .
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Foundation House isn't for everyone, but it was the only place for me. After years of active alcoholism and multiple different treatments, I have finally found recovery in Portland, Maine thanks to FH. Foundation house didn't save my life, it gave me a life worth saving.
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1.7
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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. One guy in particular is the only thing holding that place together. Avoid FH if at all possible. Ask around the recovery community in Portland for a better house that actually has you write inventory/meet with a sponsor/ has real house meetings/ holds you to a standard that will ensure you work the steps. There are many just as nice and a lot less expensive.
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4.7
Excellent
My son and our family had a very positive experience with Foundation House. Our son transitioned to FH directly from wilderness therapy. The FH program's holistic approach provided the right mix of life-skills, recreational activities and therapy to give our son a strong framework to develop and grow a rich and sober life. The FH program encouraged our son to take responsibility for his life and gave him the skills to do so. The FH culture provided him with positive modeling and a strong and continuing network of friends and professionals to support him. FH also provided support to us, as parents, during a period of time that was very difficult for us, which was greatly appreciated. I firmly believe that FH helped save our son's life and strongly recommend the program.
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5.0
Excellent
Awesome experience. Saved my life
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5.0
Excellent
As far as what a transitional living facility can offer someone (separate from that individual's own intentions and efforts in staying sober), Foundation House truly has it all. As a former resident I can say the program offered an ideal balance of support and freedom where I was able to access all the help that I needed while simultaneously developing the skills and attitudes that would be necessary to carry on a successful life in sobriety after moving out. The activities and experiences made available to me at Foundation House were second to none and they extend their support beyond the tenure of an active paying resident. I continue to participate in a number of activities and frequently get invited on everything from resident camping trips to extended journeys overseas even after having moved out several years ago. Coming from an absolutely hopeless state before moving into Foundation House, I've been sober for nearly 5 years now and I'm grateful to the program for helping me get to where I am today.
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5.0
Excellent
Foundation House is the place where my son's life was saved. This was his 5th attempt at getting sober and we had tried places in and out of the country. The camaraderie, amenities, programming, and growth opportunities that was available to my son was second to none. When he first arrived, he had real trouble buying into recovery as he did every time before but his therapist insisted we give him time to acclimate to the program. By 6 months in, it was clear that something was different this time. I understand that its AA that gets people sober. But Foundation House was the only place where my son was ready to receive it. I don't know if it was the individual therapy, the group therapy, the 3 wilderness trips he went on, the music studio time they rent for the guys, the athletic leagues they offer, the house culture at the residence he lived in, a combination of all of it, or something else entirely but something began to click. My son's been sober 4 years now and I can't thank Foundation House enough for the effort they put in. I read these other reviews and genuinely hope that their sons have found somewhere that offers their sons a similar experience to the one my son had at Foundation House. But take it from a parent who truly thought they lost their son, Foundation House is the place that brought him back to us.
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2.0
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The initial site visit had the owner and staff intently focused on us (parents of a son looking for a secondary facility). There were promises of hands on and constant group activities and therapy focus with strong supervision. The facility that our son was at recommended this facility as we were looking for a new England location. As it turned out our son was sent on to Foundation House directly from a primary facility. We were disappointed with his experience there. We were never consulted on having our son attend private counseling, it did not happen. Supervision was lacking. There was a house manager at each property who was a senior in their program but he had his own job and life not really involved with the new residents. The owner was very focused on telling his recovery story over and over that was one part of the therapy. Art classes and yoga and meditation are not really therapy in my eyes. Nutrition??? The residents were all left to their own devices to feed and manage there own meals. A lot of down time with no direction. I was told that for the first few days each guy was left to absorb where they were and figure it out. During my sons time there a lot of young men who flunked out of the program with in the first week. Oh yes you pay for the month and if your son does not make it past day 2 or 3 he's out. They keep the money. ..I would not recommend the program. Lots of bells and whistles promised, nice homes to live in, but no follow through. There is potential for a good program but most of it is hands off and it falls short. Should you have a loved one who needs to be in this type of program there are better ones out there.
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4.7
Excellent
As an alumni of this facility I find it funny at the past reviews, who are clearly from people who were not ready or willing to do what it takes to stay sober. This program offers basically every amenity that one could wish to have while getting sober. Chances are that these reviews are from entitled kids whom couldn\'t hack it away from mommy or daddy and take care of themselves. Have some accountability for your own life and sobriety, as no one else can do this for you.
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I can't believe Foundation House is still in business. Staff turnover must be the highest in the nation for this industry. Absolute nightmare if your serious about long-term recovery. Stay clear.
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1.0
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Worst decision ever. Steer clear of this nightmare.
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1.5
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Did not enjoy this facility.
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1.7
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Absolutely not recommend!!!! Unprofessional counseling.
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