With a background in Sociology, Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University, I focus on a whole person approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Starting with a Bio/Psycho/Social perspective, I like to work with clients to address anger, mindfulness, letting go, economic achievement and healing relationships damaged through years of neglect or abuse. Focusing on Medication Assisted Treatment clients, I have come to understand the healing power of medical stabilization when it is combined with addressing client’s inner struggles. With experience in residential and outpatient settings as well as medical office patient care coordination, my experience has shown me that navigating the treatment industry takes an interdisciplinary approach to client care with an emphasis on meeting the client where they are, reaching out to other professionals and expressing compassion in every aspect of the recovery process.
My work with horses in Equine Assisted Therapy has opened my heart and mind to a new way of interacting with inner issues. Horses see right through us, and they are a valuable partner on our path to developing greater self-awareness and assisting us in digging up our deep rooted issues and learning to release them.
Area of Expertise:
Medical Patient Care Coordination, Individual and Group Counseling, Anger Management, Mindfulness Training, Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, Meditation and Equine Assisted Therapy.
B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from Central Michigan University
Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University
Articles By Adam C. DeVaney, LLMSW
Posted on August 10th, 2017
There is a lot of information in the world today about overcoming personal addiction. This can sometimes leave the families of drug dependent people wondering what their role is in the recovery process. What can they do? What should they avoid doing? How do they cope with either the addiction or the recovery process? While […]
Posted on July 24th, 2017
In today’s world full of trends in recovery, self-help and self-improvement, one thing that is talked about is: Mindfulness. What exactly is mindfulness? How can it be applied to recovery, and are there any concrete examples of how this practice can help us overcome our challenges and create the life we want? The answers may […]
Posted on July 20th, 2017
For many, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT-often called “Suboxone Therapy”) is a viable option to address their opioid use disorder. While MAT is not for everyone, the success of this type of therapy is unmatched in the recovery field. Drug Courts The question that comes up for many opioid addicted clients is whether they have a […]
Posted on May 19th, 2017
Since their beginnings in 1989, drug courts have appeared in all 50 states. What exactly are these courts? How are people treated differently? What does the research show on how effective they are? Here’s what we do know. What is a Drug Court? In 1989, officials in Miami-Dade County, Florida instituted the nation’s first drug […]
Posted on April 19th, 2017
Today, Jeff and I are checking in. For the last 7 months, Jeff had been stable on a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone (Suboxone, Zubsolv, etc): One to stop his withdrawal and physical cravings and one to block any high he might get if he did use. Jeff has also been in counseling once a […]
Posted on March 23rd, 2017
Managing Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) with medication under the care of a physician can be the difference between life and death. When this approach is coupled with counseling, vocational and other supports, the effects can be life changing for the user as well as those who love them. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with Buprenorphine and Naloxone […]
Posted on March 16th, 2017
When people are overusing opiates, whether prescription pills or heroin, patients deserve to be treated as the whole people that they are. One form of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) that is often referred to as Suboxone Therapy or more specifically Buprenorphine Maintenance Therapy (BMT) offers people just such a treatment approach. BMT combines Buprenorphine for stabilizing […]
Posted on March 2nd, 2017
The Opioid Crisis The United States has seen an alarming increase in recent years of Opioid Use Disorders. Whether we are talking about heroin or prescription drug abuse, hardly a week goes by when the media, politicians or our friends and family hear about or talk about this issue. It is becoming clear that America […]