The Peruvian Drug Czar Visits the Girls Recovery Lodge Program

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Dr. Carmen Masias at Drug Rehab FacilityOn May 23rd Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic welcomed the Peruvian Drug Czar at the Girls Recovery Lodge program, an award-winning  program designed to help  teenage girls overcome addiction.

The delegation consisted of a group traveling with Dr. Carmen Masias, the president of Peru’s anti-drug agency National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida).

Dr. Masias was in the United States to attend the 53rd Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington, DC. She is a psychologist and a specialist in family therapy, and requested to visit a local treatment center for adolescent girls as she is interested in seeing successful U.S. substance abuse treatment programs for possible replication in Peru.

Accompanying Dr. Masias to the Girls Recovery Lodge were Alejandro Vasillaqui, Director, Center for Information and Education for the Prevention of Drug Abuse (CEDRO) – Lima Peru, Peruvian Embassy staff members and officials from the U.S Department of State (DOS), U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

The delegation met at the Girls Recovery Lodge program with Debby Taylor, Senior Vice President and Director, and Angelina Harris, Admission Director at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic. The group then toured the facility.

“Everyone enjoyed the visit and learned so much” said Rory Donohoe, Sub-Director at USAID/Peru, “The Peruvian delegation was thoroughly impressed, and hasn’t stopped talking about the visit.”

Located in Arlington, the Girls Recovery Lodge program provides high-quality care for 13 to 18-year-old girls. The program offers services designed to help youth overcome addiction and develop the habits they need to remain drug-free. From the first days in the program, youth follow a structured daily schedule of activities including counseling, addiction and life-skills education, family services, and exercise/recreation. The program model and the small program size allow the girls to develop a sense of community and to help each other throughout the treatment process. Educational services are offered on-site through a separately licensed school program that includes online and classroom instruction.

Find out more about programs and services at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.

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