Drug and alcohol addiction is a complex illness, and long term sobriety takes more than active parenting and good intentions. The earlier the substance abuse begins, the more likely it will become a serious issue – posing a greater challenge for adolescents. Residential addiction treatment at Willow Springs Center is centered in the Ascent Program. The philosophy of this program is recovery is an ongoing journey which begins upon admission and continues throughout the person’s life. This is a valuable component to the patients’ clinical work and impacts their overall mental health treatment.
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Dana M. Arlien, MD is the medical director at Willow Spring Center. She has an undying compassion for the quality of medical services for those entrusted to our care. An accomplished author, avid outdoors person and the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships, Dr. Arlien is a former participant in NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, where she was chief fellow for child and adolescent psychiatry. She is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Nevada. She earned her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno, and her bachelor’s degree with honors in neurobiology, physiology and behavior at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Arlien received the Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award in 2006 from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.More
As director of clinical services at Willow Springs Center, David Briggs, LCSW, LCADC is responsible for the therapeutic programs for all patients. He is also the director of Willow Springs’ Outpatient Program. Previously, Briggs was manager of Willow Springs’ Ascent Program for substance abuse treatment, where he developed a comprehensive treatment approach based on the matrix model on addictions. Earlier in his career as an alcohol and drug program coordinator and youth advisor with Washoe County Juvenile Services at Wittenberg Hall, Briggs facilitated group educational and counseling sessions with detained adolescents, trained probation officers and related professionals and evaluated programs using evidence-based techniques.More