Addiction Recovery Systems (ARS) is an organization specializing in the treatment of drug and alcohol dependence through the combination of outpatient treatment, group and individual counseling and, when appropriate, medication assisted treatment. ARS was founded in 2004 and currently operates eight outpatient addiction treatment facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Our team believes that persons with addictive diseases should be treated with dignity and respect in a professional environment. ARS provides a multidisciplinary person-centered culture and tailors recovery plans for each individual based on his/her personalized healthcare needs. Our Commitment To Quality All programs operate in accordance with all pertinent Federal, State and Local regulatory guidelines. Our programs operate with a staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, licensed counselors, clinical social workers, registered nurses and certified drug and alcohol counselors. ARS is a CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited service provider. Through the accreditation process CARF determines an organization’s commitment to improving the quality of services, demonstrating value, and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards. Our Mission And Vision Addiction Recovery Systems restores lives by providing state of the art treatment to individuals affected by the disease of addiction. We provide an environment of recovery enhancing the lives of individuals, families and community by embracing our core values of Respect, Empowerment, Professionalism and Excellence. ARS believes in the philosophy of Harm Reduction, which is a public health strategy that was developed for individuals with substance abuse problems for whom abstinence was not feasible. Harm reduction approaches have been effective in reducing morbidity and mortality. Harm reduction is a strategy that aims to reduce the harms associated with certain behaviors. When applied to substance abuse there is a focus on reducing negative consequences, and aims to increase health, social and economic outcomes. (NIH, 2008) While abstinence is ideal, it is important to understand that people rarely achieve abstinence overnight and relapse could potentially occur while in treatment.