You’ve decided to seek addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one. But, how do you know which program will provide the best outcome? It is a challenge that can be overwhelming with so many choices available today. An evidence-based addiction treatment program is the best option, according to addiction specialists.

What Does “Evidence-Based Approach” Mean?

In your search for an evidence-based addiction treatment program, you’ll see terms like “scientifically sound” or “research-based practices.”  However, there are slight distinctions between the terms, and those differences can make a big difference in how providers pursue treatment.  Your goal is to choose the program that provides the best chance for long-term recovery.  An evidence-based program follows specific approaches to treatment are based on previously observed results. In other words, the program is based on the outcomes previous participants have experienced.  Many people use the terms evidence-based and research-based interchangeably.  Therefore, to avoid confusion, here are some questions to ask about the program:

  • Is the program based on outcomes or current research?
  • How are the facility’s success rates determined?
  • Is the program up-to-date on the most current methods?
  • Are the treatment methods medically supported and proven to work?
  • Is the program flexible enough to be customized for each patient?

Evidence-based programs work because they are based on results observed when people go through the program and are successful in recovery.

Components of an Evidence-Based Program

Recovering from addiction involves making many changes before lasting results can be realized.  Addiction is a combination of physical aspects as well as emotional or mental issues that must be treated simultaneously to achieve the desired results.  An evidence-based program will include some of the following approaches that address all factors involved:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This is an evidence-based psycho-therapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the emotional aspects that influenced their behavior.  The patient learns how to identify negative thought patterns and replace them with positive attitudes.  Ultimately, this process will lead to improved decision-making and behavior.

  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

This evidence-based methodology helps patents enhance self-image and improve self-confidence.  Overall, patients learn to apply moral reasoning to decrease irrational behavior, thereby avoiding relapse.

  • Mindfulness Sobriety

Helps patients connect with their thoughts and feelings.  Also, they learn to accept what is happening in the present moment without judgment.  This means they learn to react to stressful situations, unwanted thoughts, or unpleasant feelings in a more compassionate manner.  The goal of mindfulness is to help a person learn to cope with overwhelming challenges with a calm approach rather than a habitual reaction.

  • AA and NA Groups

Based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Encourages patients to think more deeply about the issues they face.  They learn to interact with others who are going through the same experiences.

  • Other Groups

In addition to the above, patients participate in the following groups to learn how to control their attitudes and behaviors and develop better communication skills when interacting with others:

  • Anger Management
  • Stress Reduction
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Nutrition/Healthy Living
  • Drug Education
  • Road of Recovery
  • Coping Strategies
  • Spirituality in Recovery
  • Relationships in Recovery
  • Self-Awareness and Wellness

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we know that the most effective reproach to lasting recovery must include a variety of techniques that are proven useful in achieving long-term sobriety.  For that reason, our program incorporates a range of modalities that adapt to each patient’s unique needs.

Find the Best Evidence-Based Program for Your Needs

Surprisingly, only about 10% of addiction treatment facilities use evidence-based approaches.  If you want to know more about evidence-based addiction treatment, please contact Best Drug Rehabilitation today.  As always, we will be happy to answer your questions or recommend a program that is right for your needs.

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Sat, December 22, 2018| Best Drug Rehabilitation|In Addiction News


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