In 1978, a group of concerned citizens from Mount Desert Island (MDI) and the Cranberry Isles decided they needed to do something about the increase in alcohol and other drug-related problems in their communities. That led to the formation of the MDI Alcohol and Drug Abuse Group, which became an extension of the MDI Hospital's Chemical Dependency Unit and funded educational programs in the hospital and our local schools.
In 1988, the Acadia Family Center (AFC) opened as the Group's treatment branch in Southwest Harbor. In 2006, AFC absorbed the Group's mission, and moved to our current location at One Fernald Point Road.
2018 celebrated our 30th year serving MDI and its surrounding communities as an outpatient treatment agency for those struggling with a substance use disorder and/or a mental health disorder. In addition, the Center continues to expand its prevention-education programs for adolescents in our local schools, for clients and their families, and for the general public.