Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Martinez Tells Providers 'Treatment Works.' (Robert Martinez of the Office of National Drug Control Policy)

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Martinez Tells Providers 'Treatment Works.' (Robert Martinez of the Office of National Drug Control Policy)

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Robert Martinez, newly-confirmed Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), addressing a group of treatment providers, said he shared a "common denominator" with them, affirmation of the belief that "treatment works." The former Florida Governor addressed a well-attended reception April 22, hosted by the Therapeutic Communities of America (TCA) and Second Genesis, a Washington, DC, area TC operation.

Martinez, who previously had made encouraging remarks to the board of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) (AR, March), also endorsed prevention and education efforts to alleviate drug abuse, declaring that "well-designed prevention programs do work."

The ONDCP Director said success in the effort against drug abuse cannot be measured by the "number of prisoners who occupy prison beds," or "simply how many treatment beds are occupied." Overall success, he said, is "less drug use" and "less severe problems."

Martinez, who has already visited some treatment centers, said he plans to continue to "go on site and talk with treatment clients" with a view to gathering the "kind of information to make the doubters believe."


Gerald Bunn, NCAC II, CEAP, CADC, has resigned as President-elect of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for personal health reasons, NAADAC President Kay Mattingly-Langlois, MA, NCAC II, CADAC, announced. "We are all deeply saddened by Jere's decision," said Mattingly-Langlois. "His leadership contributions have been instrumental in the development of our Association and profession. All of us wish him well." Paul Lubben, Immediate Past President, has been named to chair a Nominations Committee that will facilitate the election of a new President-elect by the NAADAC Board of Directors. The newly elected officer will be announced at the NAADAC '91 National Conference June 26-29 in San Antonio, TX (NAADAC, 3717 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22202; 703/920-4644) Gerald D. Shulman, MA, FACATA, has been named Executive Director of Mountain Wood, Charlottesville, VA, inpatient alcohol and drug treatment center operated by The Mediplex Group. Shulman, who has 30 years experience in the treatment field, had been with Mediplex previously. He opened Spofford Hall, the company's first alcohol and drug treatment facility in 1980. …

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