Dawn of Addiction Treatment Program Ratings on the Horizon

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surveyEarlier this week NBC featured an interview with Thomas McLellan from the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Pennsylvania. It was part of a series focusing on the rising heroin epidemic in America.

McLellan is a revered addiction treatment researcher, as he is responsible for the creation of the widely-used Addiction Severity Index assessment and also served as a deputy in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for a period of time. What many didn’t know, was that he also lost a son to a drug overdose.

McLellan says in his interview that the rehab system is broken, but that he believes he and his colleagues TRI have developed a treatment facility rating system that can not only improve individual care at programs, but also raise the standards of the industry as a whole.

The rating system is called the Consumer Guide to Adolescent Drug Treatment, and while it is currently used locally in parts of Pennsylvania, their hope is to expand the rating system throughout the whole country and include all adult programs as well. The assessment looks at 64 points that TRI research deemed to make up a quality treatment program, and then grades them accordingly.

However, one part that is still missing from most programs is fixing the family dynamic, which is where Family First Intervention shines. Focusing solely on the substance abuser leaves out a crucial systems shift that needs to occur to ensure better support and structure when someone returns home from treatment. Examples of this can be found on our new page called “Addicted to Them.”

For more information about finding quality treatment and family intervention strategies, contact us today.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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