Congratulations, Merakey Parkside Recovery
Merakey Parkside Recovery located at 5429 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, recently received EPIC EBP Program Designation for Prolonged Exposure (PE) in their Substance Use Disorder Services by the Evidence-Based Practices and Innovation Center from Community Behavioral Health. Merakey’s status as an EPIC EBP Program Designated Provider means that the Philadelphia location is now recognized by the city as a provider of evidenced-based practices in Prolonged Exposure, and it allows Merakey to better support individuals who may struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With many people who have addition-related disorders, they also have comorbid psychiatric challenges. PTSD can be a precursor to an addiction and can often lead many individuals to displaying negative coping patterns.
Prolonged Exposure has been shown to be effective at treating PTSD symptoms. By reducing symptoms, staff members can work better with the individuals to address their coping mechanisms. Prolonged Exposure, an intensive therapeutic treatment for PTSD, focuses on habituation, where controlled exposure to anxiety inducing stimuli over time can reduce the anxiety experienced by the individual. Many individuals with significant substance use histories have a history of trauma and PTSD.
Staff members trained in this therapeutic model include Hava Weber, Judith Bigley, Robert Dilenge, and Cristina Marino. Congratulations to these employees who have this additional expertise and to Merakey Parkside Recovery for receipt of this designation.