Welcome, Dr. Stanhope!
We are proud to announce that Dr. Stanhope has recently joined the Evans Management team as our newest provider. Dr. Stanhope recently made the career decision to split his time between his family practice that he
continues to work with, and Evans Management where he is excited to help Mainers manage chronic pain and find sobriety.
With the heroin epidemic at an all-time high here in Maine, we have seen an urgent need to bring on another provider to Evans Management due to our growing patient list. We are pleased to call Dr. Stanhope an official part of the Evans Management team.
Below are a list of questions that we asked Dr. Stanhope to answer in order to get his feedback on the heroin crisis in Maine, in addition to learning a bit more about his background and what made him want to join Evans Management. If you or a loved one are interested in meeting with Dr. Stanhope regarding addiction or pain management, send us a message or give us a call today.
While serving as an Air Force flight surgeon, what was Dr. Stanhope’s greatest take-away?
Very quickly, Dr. Stanhope found college to be expensive. He decided to become an Air Force Flight Surgeon so that he could help pay his school debt. He served as an Air Force Flight surgeon family doctor for four years, and throughout that time, was required to experience what pilots do. Monthly, he would be on a flight for 8 - 12 hours.
During his time as a Air Force Flight Surgeon, he was stationed at a base in Texas. There, he got involved with their drug and alcohol rehab program. He counseled young teens and adults who struggled with addiction, and it was during this time that his interest in alcohol and drug addiction began.
What made Dr. Stanhope want to become a provider with Evans Management?
Dr. Stanhope felt inspired to become a provider with Evans Management because of the horrible things young people are being exposed to. He realizes that there aren’t enough doctors in Maine able to help Mainers. Dr. Stanhope prides himself on not just being a doctor, but also a ‘policeman’ of sorts, who actively monitors his patients so that they stay on track with their goals.
What do you think is the driving force behind the heroin addiction in the Greater Portland area right now?
Dr. Stanhope believes there are a lot of factors. Although they may have started as good intentions, physicians are partly at fault for giving their patients prescriptions for chronic pain, while society is also at fault. Maine has a tremendous amount of poverty, and those who are impoverished are at a higher risk of developing an addiction.
Do you have any resources in the Greater Portland community that you would recommend someone struggling with an opioid addiction to search out?
Group counseling and intensive outpatient treatment, both of which are hard to find, are two options Dr. Stanhope strongly recommends. NA and AA are also great options as they are free and offered throughout Maine. Dr. Stanhope encourages all who need assistance to try giving a bigger organization a call, such as Mercy Hospital. They will, at the very least, give you a name or referral to seek out.