The Addiction Performance Project

nih-nida-logoThe Addiction Performance Project (APP) is a medical education program to help break down the stigma associated with addiction. Professional actors read from Act III of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play Long Day’s Journey into Night then an expert panel responds to the reading. From 2011-2013, the APP was only a live audience event. In May 2013, the online version of this program was launched. The APP was developed and produced in partnership with Outside the Wire, LLC, and with the medical consultation from Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, Harvard Medical School.

This year it was held in San Francisco, CA at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The reading was followed by an expert panel reaction and facilitated audience discussion to explore the challenges for providers in working with addicted patients and the experience of these patients and their families.

Panel Members included NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Roger D. Weiss, M.D. from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital as well as Steven L. Batki, M.D. from the University of California, SF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

The concept of life imitating art imitating life for this type of message may be innovative and even captivating for doctors looking through the eyes of the patients they’re treating. We’d be interested in hearing some of your thoughts and feedback about the Addiction Performance Project. Do you feel it is a worthwhile endeavor and more things like this should be done?

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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