Our Executive Director, Chris Bennett, participated with other incredible community members including our good friend Ginny Atwood of the Chris Atwood Foundation, in creating a set of educational videos for 10th graders in Fairfax County Public Schools to educate on substance use disorder and avoid the pitfalls of addiction.
Tom Walker, Encore’s director of community relations, recently gave an interview to WQKZ radio about marijuana use among DC’s young people. As an addiction treatment provider in Arlington, many of Encore’s clients are younger adults with easy access to medical and recreational marijuana. While marijuana legalization is gaining ground across the country, its wider availability and use is beginning to highlight some of the drug’s risks. Contrary to popular misperception, addiction is a very real risk of marijuana use. Encore clinicians find that many of the program’s clients are struggling with marijuana use disorder. Many people use today’s high-potency THC plants and products to self-medicate for anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. However, marijuana—especially marijuana with a high percentage of THC—may increase symptoms of mental health disorders in some people. “One of the problems with marijuana is that people are led to believe that it is a harmless [...]
Encore Recovery Solutions employs an evidence-based model of care that customizes treatment for young adults and families struggling with issues surrounding substance use and co-occurring disorders. Since our goal is to see an improvement in overall outcomes for anyone that happens to suffer from substance use disorders, we thought we would dissect some of the issues related to the implementation of evidence-based practices in treatment. The term “evidence-based” gets thrown around a great deal these days, but it seems that the definition is widely misunderstood. Per the American Psychological Association (APA) “Evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP) is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences.” EBPP is combining research with the working knowledge and expertise of the practitioner(s), AND considers the input and specifics of the individual patient. For a practice to be considered evidence-based, it must be [...]