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New program in Connecticut helps treat addiction

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Researchers said within the past month approximately 9 percent of our population has been suffering with a substance abuse disorder.

Eyewitness News looked into a new rehab program in Connecticut that focuses on treating addicts right at home.

“My story is like a typical 'this is your brain on drugs,'” Matt Eacott said.

At age 13, Matt Eacott said he started smoking marijuana. Five years later, he had moved on to prescription drugs such as Xanax and Vicodin.

By 21, he was hooked on Oxcontin. Two years later, he was addicted to heroin.

“Went to my first treatment at age 21; and from 21 to around 30, I went to 14 or 15 different inpatient facilities,” Eacott said.

But none of them helped. Eacott said he found himself relapsing as soon as he returned home.

“I got to a point where I accepted, I was going to be a drug addict for the rest of my life,” Eacott said.

But Eacott's life was about to change. After his therapist introduced him to a new rehab program called Aware Recovery Care or ARC.

Instead of the traditional 28-day or three-month rehab program, ARC provides patients with a full year of intensive, face-to-face care in their own home.

“It sounded very unique, different than anything I've ever heard of before,” Dr. Ellen Edens said.

ARC caught the attention of Edens, who is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

“This idea of providing care over the course of an entire year,” Edens said. “The research shows that this is what people need; especially with severe addictions.”

Edens co-authored a study that looked into what kind of impact this program could have on those struggling with addiction.

“This kind of addiction treatment can be done,” she said. “And in our initial 5 patients their outcomes were quite good.”

“I needed someone that had been through what I had been through,” Eacott said.

Eacott said he received individualized care from a team of certified recovery advisors.

Not only did they work with his family, but they closely monitored him with a voluntary GPS phone app and tested him. Eacott said they pointed him in the right resources in his community.

“I went to work every day. I was building relationships with my family,” Eacott said. “I was gaining trust and accountability, building esteem, all the things that were missing in my life.”

Now at 34 years-old, Eacott said he is sober, newly engaged and works full-time for the rehab program he accredits for saving his life.

This 365-day program costs $38,500. The average cost for a 28-day inpatient rehab facility is around $30,000.

ARC is only offered here in Connecticut

For more info on this program, click here, call 203-779-5799 or email,

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