Who We Are

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.

AFC originated as a non-profit organization 40 years ago devoted to informing the public about the use of alcohol, drugs, other addictive substances, and the common co-occurrence of a mental health disorder.


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.

When individuals find their way into long-term recovery, we all benefit.

When a young person grows up free of addictive substances, we all benefit.

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