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“They Don’t Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care.”
by Patricia Carpenter

Recently, Eagle Advancement Institute had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Colleen Ecker, PhD, an Addiction Treatment Counselor at the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California.

Dr. Ecker is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC), Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), and has been has been in practice for seven years. In addition, Dr. Ecker is the Wellness Counselor at Marymount College in California, and is involved with counseling young people who are finding themselves trapped in the grip of substance dependence. Nicknamed “Buzz kill” by the student body, she has developed a rapport of trust and commitment with the many students who bravely, and through personal choice, seek to end their drug and alcohol dependence and request her support during their process.

In addition to being an addiction treatment counselor, Dr. Ecker is a recovering addict, who has been successfully abstinent for over a decade. She has first hand experience in the struggles and personal challenges facing addicts.

You have been involved in addiction treatment for a number of years and have seen many different programs, some successful, some not so much. Recently, you referred people to Eagle Advancement Institute, and they have met with some success. What do you feel is the difference in the treatment they receive from Eagle compared to other medically managed treatment services?

As an addiction treatment practitioner, I am familiar with opiate detox protocol and procedure. I learned about Eagle in the last year from a personal friend who had a positive experience with Eagle’s Clarity program. This friend, who had issues with pain management, had terrific success, and praised the Eagle Advancement Institute for the treatment received.

At the time of the referral, I had a young woman (21), and young man (26), who along with their mothers, asked for a referral to a treatment program. After much discussion, about different programs and protocols, the young women’s family, chose a local treatment facility located here in Long Beach, CA, the Waismann Institute, because of its close proximity. The other family chose Eagle’s Clarity program.

The young man traveled to Michigan accompanied by his mother. I maintained steady contact with them throughout their treatment while at Eagle. Although the first night, post procedure was difficult, and a bit frightening, with some residual withdrawals, they were assured by the attending medical practitioner his experiences were normal and within a few hours he would be feeling better. And as predicted, the next day he was much better, more alert and engaged.

During his subsequent aftercare treatment counseling with me, he reported that the “triggers” and cravings were completely gone. As always, I have advised continued abstinence from any substances so receptor sites can “reset”, receptors need to time to heal.


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