Our mission is to help people successfully transition from active addiction to sustained recovery.
Untreated addiction/mental illness impairs perspective and imposes confusion to all within its reach. The RSS philosophy promotes the idea that anyone with the willingness to accept third party guidance, is honest with them selves and others, plus open-minded enough to practice a daily discipline of change, will over time enjoy a profound experience.
Ron Armstrong began his work in the addiction treatment field in 1988 when with the help of his friend and mentor Dr. James Fearing took part in his first intervention. In 1996 after assisting in a number of other cases, Dr. Fearing, a nationally recognized addiction expert and psychotherapist, asked Armstrong to join his team and Minnesota-based organization, National Counseling Intervention Services. In 1998 Armstrong became the Director of Intervention Services, which offered intervention services nationally and abroad. In 2000 after four years with NCIS, Armstrong opened his own intervention practice in Pacific Palisades, California and in 2002 was recognized by the Betty Ford Center as one of the top five interventionists in the country.
In 2004, after having experienced the tragedy often associated with relapse, Armstrong identified the need for improved methods to support people transitioning home from residential treatment. Consequently, he developed the first software used for monitoring the continuing care plans created by treatment providers during the discharge planning process. This innovative application became the core technology he then used to support people as they practiced their new recovery lifestyle as outlined in the framework of their continuing care plan. While providing important structure and accountability for the client it also helped clinicians monitor client behavior and the potential threat of relapse.
In 2007, Armstrong was honored when invited by the Betty Ford Center to serve alongside other leaders in the field and to discuss the subject of continuing care during the Second Betty Ford Institute Consensus Conference, named Extending the Benefits of Addiction Treatment: Practical Strategies for Continuing Care and Recovery. While proud of the invitation extended by the Betty Ford Center, Armstrong’s methods for monitoring continuing care was further validated after the conference by fellow panelist Dr. Robert Dupont, the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and second White House Drug Chief (1973-1978), wrote him in a letter, “Your business model is brilliant, and very much needed”.
In 2013, with nine years of global experience providing care management services, Armstrong introduced version 2.0 of his software, an innovative collaborative care management platform known as the DRL, or Daily Recovery Log. The DRL platform enables providers across the country gain greater insight into a client’s recovery experience, offering advanced support for them, their clients and families served.
Over the years RSS in cooperation with their clients and providers has collaborated with and helped in excess of 2,000 families find hope beyond the crippling grip of addiction to begin the path of a recovering lifestyle.