About Our Program

Recovery Connections of Maine uses a multi phase treatment approach in combination with medicated assisted treatment. Based on the biopsychosocial assessment we will recommend the correct phase of treatment for an individual. We then make a referral to one of our medical providers to assess the need for addiction medicine. The following is a description of the phases of treatment and the requirements of each. 

Phase 1.

Intensive Outpatient Program. Phase one is the IOP phase into treatment. It is 5 days a week and 3 hours a day with medical appointments weekly. This is approximately 30 sessions although after the first 3 weeks a client will be evaluated by the clinical team. If a client is stable they will be considered for transition into the 2nd phase of treatment.  (Approximate 6 weeks)

 Requirements for Phase 1

Weekly Medical Appointments

5 sessions a week IOP

Weekly pill counts (If applicable)

Weekly and random urine analysis

Individual meetings with recovery coach

Minimum 2 family or concerned person meetings with a counselor or group

Actions to transition into the next phase:

Articulate your story of recovery (either through writing or spoken word)

Be working on an after care plan for less intensive treatment

Complete Resume or volunteer application

If in need of housing have housing applications submitted

Consistent attendance in treatment

Attainable goals

Concerned person involvement in treatment

Phase 2.

Induction phase. This phase of treatment consists of less intensive but regular attendance during the a week. This phase a client begins to work more intensely with an individual counselor as well maintain contact with group sessions. Approximately 30 days or 12 to 15 sessions , (Approximate 4 weeks)

 Requirements for phase 2

3 sessions a week

1 individual and 2 groups or 2 individuals and 1 group.

Monthly meetings with counselor and family or concerned person

Medical appointments at providers discretion

Bi weekly pill counts  (If applicable)

Weekly Urine analysis.

 Actions to transition into the next phase:

Attained employment or volunteer opportunity

Recovery Community Involvement

Consistent Attendance in treatment

Completion of goals from treatment plan

Concerned person involvement in treatment  

 Phase 3.

Stabilization phase. This phase of treatment a client is making strides in their recovery they are stable. Clients in this phase of treatment are requiring less intensive treatment. Clients are working towards maintenance in their recovery. Primary counselor and client may request less treatment or accommodations due to vocation or educational pursuits through clinical team meeting. 90 days or 24 sessions.  (Approximate 4 months)

Requirements for phase 3

1 individual session a week

1 group session a week

Random Urine Analysis

Random Pill Counts (If Applicable)

Medical Discretion on appointments

Monthly meetings with family member or concerned person

 Actions to transition into the next phase:

Family involvement in treatment

Consistent attendance in treatment

Long term or steady employment or volunteer involvement

Recovery community involvement

 Phase 4.

Maintenance phase. This phase of treatment sees clients that have been in treatment and have worked themselves through the previous phases of treatment. (Approximate indefinite)

Requirements

1 individual session monthly

1 group sessions monthly

1 medical appointment monthly

Random Pill Counts

Random Urine Analysis

OUR STAFF

Jeremy Hiltz, LADC, CCS

Founder / CEO / Counselor

Jeremy has been in the field of addiction treatment for 10 years. Prior to founding Recovery Connections of Maine he worked in several cities in Maine. Jeremy has a strong passion for serving those suffering from addiction issues. He has a strong belief that adverse childhood experiences play a role in the development of substance use disorder. Jeremy’s philosophy is embedded in unconditional positive regard and that no client that walks through the doors can do anything that would cause them to be viewed in a negative light. Jeremys core beliefs are that people do not fail treatment that treatment fails people. Jeremy places a strong emphasis on community collaboration.

Jeremy has a background in advocacy. He is a former chapter lead of Young People in Recovery and has joined them in Washington D.C advocating for common sense legislation for substance users and people in recovery. Jeremy has spearheaded community events that include block parties in his community. He has volunteered his time in the Maine Correctional Center for the past 12 years and is currently doing so. Jeremy facilitated an Adult Education class on substance use disorder and language training. Jeremy places a lot of emphasis on community integration organizing men in treatment o donate their time to local soup kitchens. Jeremy has spoken to countless high school, college classes, and events in the community.

Jeremy is also a youth sports coach football, baseball and basketball in his local community and has also sponsor teams to attend tournaments.

Brandy Hiltz

Chief Administrator

Michael Connors, LADC

Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator

Michael has been in the recovery field since October of 2015, and has been working with individuals in treatment as a licensed counselor in Maine since November of 2016. He served as a board member, and treasurer of a grassroots advocacy organization in Belfast Maine called W.e.C.A.R.E. (Waldo encourages community assisted recovery efforts) from August 2014, until relocating to Lewiston full time in January of 2016.

Michael was born in Norfolk, Virginia, but was raised in Maine, with a brief amount of time being spent in North Carolina, attending school in the south in the eighties.(YOWZERS) He spent his adolescent years between Wiscasset and Brunswick, Maine, switching between their school systems. He was raised predominantly by his great grandmother.

Michael believes in treatment and recovery, as he himself battled with his own addictions from the age of 12. “I think that I was addicted the first time I ever used. As soon as I got that first substance in me I wanted more, more more….That was actually my substance of choice, more. Whatever I used I always wanted more.” Michael believes his addictions all started from his trauma from early childhood, and believes most folks with substance use disorders come from trauma as well. “I really wasn’t using to get high, I was using to get relief.” Now that he identifies as a person in long-term recovery, he wants to work with folks to help them accomplish their goals and live a life of recovery. “Coming to work is not a chore for me, it’s a privilege. I am grateful that I get to ride this roller-coaster with folks, and accompany them for a small part on their journey to a recovery, whatever that looks like for them. I love to see their progress, their hope, their determination. Often, I get the see the sparkle come back to their eyes.”

Shelby Briggs, LADC

Director of Outpatient Services and Community Relations

Shelby comes to Recovery Connections of Maine with over 20 years experience in the field of substance use disorder prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. She has worked in a variety of settings including middle and high schools, municipal governments, harm reduction programs, treatment and recovery programs, the criminal justice system, and most recently developed a dynamic and successful recovery program for several Maine police departments. Shelby has been awarded by the State of Maine Legislature, The Women’s Addiction services Council of Maine, Day One, and the Westbrook, Maine Police Department for her work in preventing overdose, interventions for youth struggling with substance use, and her commitment to Maine women in recovery.
Shelby believes that building trauma informed recovery ready communities is the key to combating what most know as the addiction epidemic but what she refers to as “the trauma epidemic”. She believes that without a coordinated and adequate Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC), our state will continue to see the devastation of this horrible epidemic. Shelby hopes to focus on helping the City of Lewiston and surrounding areas become both recovery ready and recovery friendly.
In addition to Shelby’s professional accomplishments, she proudly identifies as a person in long-term recovery and this personal experience is what drove her to do the work she does. Shelby lives in Westbrook with her husband and two of their four children, and her bulldogge (Frank the Tank). Shelby loves Maine, it’s people, it’s landscape, it’s waterways, lakes, and shoreline, and all of the animals that live here – but she especially loves the Maine moose and camping in Maine’s remote wilderness.

Michael LIbby NCC, LCPC-C, CADC

Expressive Arts Coordinator, Clincal Counselor

Michael Libby, NCC, LCPC-C, CADC, earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Southern Maine (USM) in 1992 and his Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from USM in 2017. He most recently earned his certificate in Expressive Arts Therapies in a post-graduate program at Lesley University in Cambridge. He is presently the Expressive Arts Coordinator at Recovery Connections of Maine (RCOM).

Lighter than air flight is best described as stillness in motion. During an apprenticeship in the fall (2017) in Vermont – with balloonist and balloon maker Brain Boland – I flew 21 flights and 5 solos. While in flight the only sensation of movement is the illusion of the ground moving beneath. Like addiction, I discovered that it is much easier getting high than it is coming down and you never know where you are going to land.

Brittany Drake, CADC

Intake Coordinator

Brittany Drake earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Science from the University of Southern Maine (USM) in 2016 and her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in violence prevention and advocacy from Lasell College in 2018. Brittany just recently earned her alcohol and drug counselor certification (CADC).
Brittany has always had a passion for working with troubled youth. Brittany identifies as a person in long term recovery and feels she can strongly relate with youth who struggle. Brittany worked as a Suspension-Diversion Coordinator for adolescence in grades 7-12. Youth that would get suspended from school would be sent to Brittany for1-5 days based on the severity of the offense. Brittany worked with youth that struggled with substance use, mental health, homelessness, in trouble with the law, violence, lack of parents, no food or clean clothes, abuse, and the list goes on. Brittany’s goal in her position was to practice restorative justice. “A punitive approach does not work for youth in this capacity.” Youth appreciate being heard and respected and that is what Brittany did for them. Brittany is aiming to start an adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) in the near future at RCOM.
Brittany believes that substance use stems from trauma. “Everyone has their own definition of trauma. One person’s trauma may not look like the next person. Someone could have experienced their parent’s divorce which was very traumatic to them and another person might have witnessed their parent’s death.” Brittany has a strong belief that with the proper treatment, recovery is possible and attainable. With Brittany identifying as a person in recovery she uses her personal experience to back up her belief. Brittany feels that she needs to give back to those who are struggling as she was in the same situation years ago. “I enjoy coming to work knowing that I can be of service to individuals in our program as well as the staff at RCOM. I am inspired by individuals in our program; their drive, motivation to change, progress, and ability to show up daily to treatment.”