Dr. Brown's System
The concept of a home drug testing system (the "System") is quite different than traditional drug testing or drug free workplace testing. One of the most important distinctions is that it is more appropriately defined as a coordinated "System" of services, rather than just drug testing with the latter representing one of a basic menu of services (i.e. education, training, risk evaluation, incentives, online results retrieval and online audio/visual (A/V) "real time" conferencing.
Why the product/system was created?
- The war on drugs has been a failure for the last fifty years.
- Prison incarceration, AA and NA, therapeutic Communities, and other drug substitute and addiction(i.e. Methodone, Suboxone) have been the primary options for treatment.
- The responsibility for addressing the problem has been deferred to law enforcement, schools, and health providers.
- There is a shortage of health providers and facilities.
- Health Insurance coverage is limited and ineffective.
- Private treatment is very expensive and usually no more effective in preventing relapse to drug use.
- Drug abuse testing is a documented means of deterrence and early detection.
- Substance abuse and mental health still have a strong social stigma.
- There is a national epidemic of substance abuse that is not being effected by traditional interventions.
- Empowering families with the home drug testing system is a necessary option to prevent substance abuse, maximize the benefits of treatment, and maintain substance abuse abstinence.
What makes this system different?
- It encourages voluntary participation.
- It emphasizes therapeutic objective (i.e. the purpose being to prevent drug abuse, not establish a legal basis for punishment).
- The identity of the person tested is anonymous – names are never used.
- The children's prevention program is especially innovative in providing anti-substance abuse services for ages 5-10. It is a unique primary prevention program that should be very helpful to child health care specialists.
The course is designed to give mental health and health professionals a basic education on substance abuse and provide:
- A basic education on substances of abuse, their use, and effect.
- A different perspective on how to manage substance abusers.
- A different set of options and strategies for evaluating, deterring and early detection of substance abuse.
- An option for getting the substance abuser's family and concerned others involved in the education, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse without them feeling or being perceived as adversaries.
- Confidence in a resource that they can use and refer to their patients and other health professionals.
- Access to services that can be integrated into their practice and used to address the substance abuse problem at work, at school, and within the privacy of the home.