PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Mike Weston made the trip from Montreal all the way to Portland to tell local hospitals and social workers one thing: that he was here to help with Maine’s opioid crisis.
We first met Mike on NEWS CENTER in February, as a part of the multi-part series “Jordyn’s Journey.” Jordyn Dumont of Shapleigh desperately sought treatment for her heroin and fentanyl addiction, and after searching at home, found herself crossing the border into Canada to get help.
She underwent a 90-day inpatient treatment program at Andy’s House, a private center, and is now thriving in her two-year outpatient program.
She’s sober, married, and expecting a baby.
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Since discovering the crisis in Maine, Mike Weston wanted to help his neighbors to the south the same way he helped Jordyn: by offering them treatment.
Weston is offering two beds at Andy’s House to Mainers who qualify. Normally, treatment at Andy’s House costs $20,000. But Weston is offering subsidized beds for $4,500 USD.
He’s cold-called and met in person with local hospital employees, treatment workers, and social workers.
It’s only two beds, so Weston says it could come with a wait, but nothing too long. “There’s a little bit of a connection [to Maine] with [Jordyn’s story],” Weston said. He is a recovering addict and just celebrated his 20th sobriety anniversary on October 21st. “There were people there to help me along the way,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it alone.”
Here are the qualifications for one of these two beds at Andy’s House in Montreal:
- Be medically detoxed
- Cannot use methadone or suboxone
- No history of violence
- No more than 2 previous treatments
- No serious psychological disorders (bipolar disorder, schozophrenia, etc.)
- Must be physically able to participate in all programs (non-adapted facility)
- Must be 18 years or over
- Must be on some sort of social assistance (e.g. welfare)
If you or a loved one qualifies for this treatment, you can reach Andy’s House at 1-844-689-ANDY (2639).