At the most recent Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Recovery Summit, The Chris Atwood Foundation (CAF) was able to connect with others, including Phoenix House, in order to offer training in how to administer the life-saving overdose reversal medication, naloxone. CAF was created in 2013 after family members lost a deeply passionate and sensitive soul to an accidental heroin overdose. Via the foundation, Chris’s sister, Ginny Atwood Lovitt, and her parents provide recovery support and resources to individuals and families affected by addiction. The vision of CAF is to create a world where addiction is recognized as a preventable and treatable disease, so that people who suffer from it can experience the love, understanding, and support to live full lives in recovery. As a Gold Sponsor at the Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Recovery Summit Calming the Storm: Innovations for Adolescent Substance Use, the foundation connected with many treatment providers and community supports that are interested in offering the naloxone trainings to the populations with which they work.
Kylen Mahaney, Primary Counselor at the Girls Recovery Lodge jumped on the opportunity to offer such a valuable resource. Mahaney invited Lovitt to host a training for parents and clients. Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic strives to provide the best treatment and important resources for clients and families. Mahaney’s initiative in coordinating this training was just one example of that. “I know it is extremely difficult to leave treatment and stay sober from heroin. I want them to be able to come back to treatment if they need to instead of losing their life to an accidental overdose,” Mahaney explained. “When parents have children currently in treatment, it’s difficult for them to think of the possibility of an overdose. However, just like CPR, we hope we never have to use it, but it’s better to have the skill,” Lovitt explained. Parents who attended the training provided positive feedback, stating that the training was “very helpful.”
Located in a beautiful single-family home in Arlington, Virginia, the Girls Recovery Lodge is an award-winning, nationally accredited, 12-bed program for teenage girls. We use a cognitive-behavioral, 12-step approach to help residents understand the consequences of their alcohol or drug use, develop their own recovery resources, and use those tools in their daily lives.