PIDARC (Partners in Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Counseling) was founded in 1971 in response to a request from Washington DC’s then Narcotic Treatment Agency, to develop the only private alternative to the city’s large network of publicly run outpatient methadone treatment programs. PIDARC is a program of The Foundation for Contemporary Mental Health, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
People, who are addicted to drugs, come from all walks of life. PIDARC’s patients are adults, 21 years of age or older, with opioid dependence, including heroin, oxycontin, and other prescription narcotic pain medications. They have abused drugs and now they want help through outpatient treatment to stop using drugs and rebuild their lives. PIDARC has earned a local and growing national reputation for clinical excellence and continually expanding innovative services.
PIDARC provides pharmacological intervention through methadone maintenance along with a variety of other therapeutic modalities. These are all designed to support patients in their recovery and provide them with the life skills they need to function in a drug-free environment. Underlying PIDARC’s success in working with patients is its ongoing commitment to:
- Provide a person-centered approach to treatment, recognizing that drug-users are not all the same.
- Develop treatment plans and recovery goals according to each individual’s self-perception, identified strengths, barriers, case management needs, and pattern of drug abuse.
- Utilize best practices that include proven and well-researched treatment interventions.
- Incorporate a behavior modification system that helps motivate patients to succeed, including a policy that allows patients to earn take-home medications as they grow in their recovery and remain in compliance with their treatment program.
- Foster a therapeutic environment that is safe, respectful, motivational, and empathetic in a way that provides the best climate for recovery.
- Develop and implement services that are relevant to the culture and demographics of the patients served.
- Employ a highly skilled, licensed, multi-disciplinary treatment team of professionals under the supervision of a psychiatrist and provide support and guidance for their continuing development.
- Encourage patients to utilize outside community recovery resources, such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), and MA (Methadone Anonymous).
Licensure/ Accreditation/ Professional Membership
- National Accreditation- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
- Local Certification – The DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
- DEA Licensed
- Member of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
Howard A Hoffman, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., President and Medical Director
Audrey F. Cannamela, Executive Director
Brian Crissman, B.A., CAC11, PIDARC Program Director