Dr. Little is the medical director who provides addiction treatment at United Recovery Project California, an inpatient facility for individuals with substance use disorder.
Dr. Little has spent more than half of his 20 years of experience in medicine focused on treating addiction. Dr. Little’s interest in addiction medicine began when he returned to West Virginia after serving as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. During this time, he began work for a consortium of rural health clinics in the hills of Appalachia where he saw a number of loggers and miners abusing opioids to cope with their recurring injuries and chronic pain. Noticing a great need within the community, Dr. Little was among the first in the area to start a Suboxone clinic, a medication-assisted therapy (MAT) program, to help stem the tide of the epidemic. His groundbreaking work garnered him a community recognition award from the governor of West Virginia in 2009.
Today, Dr. Little remains passionate about helping individuals overcome their drug and alcohol addictions. Dr. Little is also an advocate for family involvement in addiction treatment. Witnessing first-hand his own family’s struggles with addiction, he realized the importance of familial support in a person’s long-term recovery, and his treatment philosophy involves including family members in the process whenever possible.
In his spare time, Dr. Little enjoys reading novels, mountain biking, hiking and spending quality time with his family.
Credentials & Education:
- BS, Biology, University of Toledo
- MS, Ecology, San Diego State University
- Doctor of Medicine, Marshall University School of Medicine
- Residency, Marshall University in Family and Community Health Department
- “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” Certification, American Psychiatric Association
- Suboxone Certification, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- State Medical License – California – May 2009 – present.
- State Medical License – West Virginia, 1996 – present.
- Board Certified Family Medicine – Am. Board of Family Medicine, since 1997.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Advanced Trauma Life Support
- Suboxone Certified, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Drug Enforcement Agency (2007)
- Certification Course completed for “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence,” American Psychiatric Association (2007)
- Medical Director and Physician, Acadia HealthCare/CRC Health Group (2011-2016)
- Diplomat of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- California and West Virginia State Chapters of Family Medicine.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine.
- California Society of Addiction Medicine.
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