Here are several of the key differences that make the Early Intervention Program (EIP) unique and distinctive from other driver intervention programs:
• Addiction is defined as a “bio-psycho-social-spiritual phenomenon” (Katherine van Wormer, MSSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa and Diane Rae Davis, MSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work, Eastern Washington University, authors of Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective ).
• Recovery from alcohol and drug related issues (including addiction) is defined as, “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential” (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA).
• Therefore, our program addresses the seven dimensions of whole-person growth ~ physical, mental, spiritual, relational/social, vocational/educational, recreational, and interpersonal-institutional/natural environments. (Howard Clinebell, PhD, founder of the Institute of Religion and Wholeness at Claremont School of Theology, author of Understanding and Counseling Persons with Alcohol, Drug, and Behavioral Addictions ).
• Utilization of two scientifically validated screening instruments which are compatible with the DSM-5 and to ASAM’s six dimension criteria to create a holistic, biopsychosocial assessment of an individual to be used for service planning and treatment across all services and levels of care. The original assessment period is the past twelve-months.
- Drug Use Screening Inventory-Revised (DUSI-R) ~ a 159 item questionnaire that evaluates adjustment in ten domains, measuring severity of disturbances that precede and co-occur with alcohol and drug use. In addition, the DUSI-R provides screening and prediction of six Mental Health Disorders, eight Adverse Outcomes, and has a validity (Lie) scale that gauges honesty. Lastly, repeated testing enables monitoring change in our three-month and six-month post-intervention follow-up administrations of the instrument.
- Triage Assessment for Addictive Disorders-5 (TAAD-5) ~ a brief structured interview consisting of a 32 item questionnaire designed as a triage instrument to identify current alcohol and drug problems. This assessment tool offers high internal reliability and documents negative findings for those individuals who do not see problems.
• Utilization of best practices included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) ~ interactive journaling, motivational interviewing, solution-focused group therapy, and Twelve Step facilitation therapy.
• Goal of low counselor-to-client ratio (1:6-8) in small groups and large groups (1:25-40) in order to maximize high quality care.
• Licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), Provider #347.