Mercy Hospital

3.9 (16 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
144 State Street
Portland, ME 04092
2078793600 Visit Website
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  • Medicaid is Accepted
Treatment Insights

Addiction can be a terrible thing. It can potentially endanger your life, affect your loved ones, imperil your job and your future. And certainly, it’s a disease that usually can’t be conquered alone. Depending on the type and level of addiction, in-patient treatment may be necessary, along with a long-term plan for recovery. The Mercy Recovery Center offers the largest substance abuse treatment center in Maine for adults that treat the entire spectrum of substance abuse, from alcoholism to drug addiction – one step at a time…one day at a time…one person at a time.

Mercy Hospital Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

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Effective treatment center. Good assortment of care providers assure that you'll find a good match for your needs. Some caregivers were a poor match for my needs.


Definitely well run and a true help to my dad.


Staff was good. Shared rooms was a weakness. They encourage family involvement


The best thing about Mercy is that SOME of the staff are very helpful, (while others have no idea what they're doing.) They do make it easy to treat a substance abuse issue simultaneously with other m...


Group therapy, good therapists, a lot of activities to do, able to spend time outside and see the city. No internet connection, not a very nice facility, not much to choose from for meals. The staff w...


Great staff but Was difficult to communicate with family. Very positive experience and I have now been sober for 5 months.


staff was good, needs more holistic options. helpful


Had the answers to all questions, compassionate and always friendly. Food wasn't the best but that's okay. Visitation was stick and limited but I guess that can be a good thing too. This place was ama...


Helped me get my life back together, taught me mindfulness and other coping skills. Taught me how to do things again but not how to enjoy them or know why it was good to be doing them. Taught me to be...


They offered aa but Staff was bad. I felt like they needed to offer more one on one


staff was a strength. needs more availability. helped my nephew


Fair program, needs some improvements.


staff was excellent. Some had been in treatment there themselves years ago. Not being able to go outside was an issue. Having nothing to do but sit around during the day waiting for groups.


Financial help is available. No inpatient programs which is a weakness. If you need a detox this is the place to be...they do outpatient only though ..but do have iop programs


they seem to assume after you are clean you will just continue, not understanding how easy it is to return to what you have been doing....


Mercy Recover Center has a mission of serving the needs of those captured by addiction, and help them succeed to be free to live in their potential. The facility is supported by dedicated staff and re...

Areas of Focus

The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Medical Detoxification

Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.

Key Staff Members
  • Photo of Mark R. Publicker, MD
    Mark R. Publicker, MD - Doctor

    Dr. Mark Publicker, former Regional Chief of Addiction Medicine for Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region (covering the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan region) joined the Recovery Center team on November 17, 2003. Dr. Publicker has directed a multi-disciplinary health center with 80 physicians, 800 staff and more than 40,000 patients. He brings to his position a wealth of experience in motivational interviewing, chronic pain management, and addiction medicine.

  • Photo of Dr. Benjamin Grasso
    Dr. Benjamin Grasso - Doctor

    Benjamin C. Grasso, MD, has been named the Medical Director of Behavioral Health, a department of Mercy Hospital. He will be responsible for clinical and administrative oversight for Mercy’s Recovery Center, Psychiatric Consulting Service and the New England Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Grasso is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1990). A New Jersey native, he earned his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Binghamton (NY) and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College (NY). Dr. Grasso did his psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine (VA) and completed his fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health, Neuropsychiatry Branch in Washington, D.C. Dr. Grasso most recently worked with the Veterans’ Administration.