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About ODRC

Providing comprehensive, caring and compassionate services for those who suffer from addiction.

Since 1984, ODRC has been using evidence-based practices to help individuals obtain treatment. Founded by William (Bill) Hills, ODRC is licensed by the State of Maine to provide intensive outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents suffering from chemical dependency. In 2017 ODRC was additionally licensed as a mental health agency to include treatment for co-occurring disorders. Open Door Recovery Center complies with all state and federal requirements related to confidentiality, documentation of client services and to the operation of a behavioral health organization.

ODRC’s mission is to provide the highest quality outpatient treatment for our clients and their family members. Open Door provides treatment regardless of the client’s ability to pay.

OCRC History

Bill Hills, founder of Open Door RecoveryOpen Door Recovery Center was founded by William (Bill) Hills.

Having been in recovery himself since 1970 Bill had a true passion for helping others find their way into recovery. As an outpatient counselor with the Kelly 6 Program at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bill recognized the need for treatment in Hancock County. In 1984, a private donor provided seed money to begin Open Door Recovery Center. ODRC started in the basement of St. Joseph’s Church, Ellsworth, Maine providing quality treatment to those who suffered with the disease of addiction.  In 1999 ODRC moved to its current location at 8 Old Mill Road in Ellsworth.

Bill’s vision for ODRC included collaborating with school systems to bring Open Door services to youth in need, bringing treatment into the jail for inmates, contracting with the hospital for detox consults, and expanding services for individuals and families.

In the fall of 1999, Bill was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away on October 5, 1999. A dedicated staff including Bill’s wife, Karin, continue Bill’s legacy helping thousands of suffering addicts and their families begin the road to recovery. Bill Hill’s legacy remains with many of his dreams being fulfilled by those who knew his foresight was based on understanding and compassion for those affected by the disease of addiction.