On April 10, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic welcomed some special guests from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a federal agency dedicated to enforcing drug laws and preventing and treating addiction.
Phoenix House staff greeted two ONDCP staff members and an intern: David K. Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction; June S. Sivilli, Chief of the Treatment Branch; and Andrew Gibson, an intern with ONDCP. David Mineta oversees ONDCP’s effort to reduce demand for drugs by promoting drug prevention, drug treatment, and programs for people in addiction recovery.
We brought our guests on a tour of programs that show the different communities we serve: Phoenix Program, a residential substance abuse treatment center for men; Nuevo Dia, a treatment center for Latino men; Demeter House, a program for women and mothers; and Boys and Girls Recovery Lodges, programs for adolescents.
Our guests met with clients and key program staff at each location and engaged in a thoughtful discussion about ways to improve substance abuse education in schools and help people to access treatment. Deputy Director Mineta asked our clients what they would tell President Barack Obama about treatment and addiction if they had the chance. Our clients spoke of the value of treatment and the importance of making treatment available to anyone who needs it.
We were delighted to welcome these special guests and talk about the issues we all care about–how to prevent and treat drug addiction so that people are able to lead transformed and productive lives.
Every day, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from substance abuse in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. To learn more about our programs and services, contact us or call us today at 1 888 671 9392.