GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY CRC WASHINGTON NEWS CONFERENCE POINTS, SEPT. 22, 2003
Pleased to Join Dr. Barry Karlin, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, and Washington State and local leaders in substance abuse programs today, here at the Washington Athletic Center.
I am delighted and proud that leaders in Washington State, where I have long had a strong family and personal association, are making this state the most progressive in the nation for drug and alcohol prevention and treatment.
The vision and services creating such a comprehensive approach in Washington state, including traditional treatment, residential, methadone, and revolutionary online programs, place it at the forefront of successful efforts against the continuing crisis of drug abuse in America.
The drug treatment gap has remained a national crisis. 52,000 Americans die every year from drug-related causes, and we have continued the number of five million drug addicts in our country for some twenty years. 27 million Americans use illegal drugs or alcohol regularly, 16 million need treatment, but only 3 million get it.
Comprehensive services, including online treatment as CRC and eGetgoing are now providing, are a needed and revolutionary contribution to help reduce the treatment gap.
The comprehensive approach we are unveiling today is a model for the nation if not the world. It will make a significant inroad against addiction and all the harm that it does to families, lives, and jobs.
The national results for online services CRC is announcing today should actually shock the public into realizing that this new approach is desperately needed and will make a big difference. CRC-eGetgoing’s online treatment is accomplishing twice the completion rate of traditional outpatient programs. Studies nationwide report the importance of program completion to more favorable outcomes as compared to those who begin, but who do not complete treatment. For many people, this will be the way to go as part of a comprehensive approach - - not as a substitute for it. Now science combines with common sense in telling us that convenience and privacy via technology are big motivators in persuading people to complete extremely helpful treatment programs.
I am proud to be associated Dr. Barry Karlin, CRC Health Group, my longtime friend Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, Dr. Judi Kosterman who worked with me at the White House Drug Policy Office, and the many outstanding program leaders here today. You are all making a huge difference.
It is now my pleasure to introduce Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC, the only treatment company to offer this fully integrated care including his creation of the world’s first and only live, interactive online group treatment programs for adults and teens.