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Evidence-based therapy (EBT) are treatments and therapeutic methods that have been scientifically proven to effectively treat patients. These methods have been used to treat mental health disorders, physical and emotional trauma, and substance use disorders (SUD). At New Leaf Detox & Treatment, we implement evidence-based practices to ensure that every patient receives high-quality care. Our San Juan Capistrano addiction treatment facility provides services that have been researched by medical experts and have repeatedly provided successful results.
A treatment that is “evidence-based” means that it is supported by objective scientific research. Essentially, EBT guarantees treatments that are reliable and have been repeatedly successful for patients. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association have said that EBT is the “best practice and one of the preferred approached in the treatment of psychological symptoms.”
The ultimate goal of evidence-based treatment is to ensure that safe and effective practices are being implemented. When treatment centers use EBT’s, they give patients their best chance of achieving a successful recovery. They are also protecting them from treatments or therapies that are potentially ineffective and could be unsafe.
Evidence-based practices have even broadened its definition to consider what the patient needs and wants to achieve from their treatment.
This is significant, as a large part of addiction treatment programs involves psychotherapy, with the patient’s ability to invest in themselves and believe in the therapeutic process to attain recovery.
Addiction treatment centers incorporate evidence-based practices that have repeatedly proven effective for increasing the recovery rate in patients. Different treatment types that are implemented into substance abuse programs include behavioral therapies and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
Behavioral therapies are a valued method of substance abuse treatment as it provides patients with reasons to stay sober and change their addictive behaviors. These therapies give the patients coping strategies to handle triggering social or environmental situations outside of rehab healthily and productively. Rather than falling back on old negative habits, they can use the skills they learned to prevent relapse.
Different types of behavioral therapies include:
CBT is a type of therapy that was created to prevent alcoholics from relapsing; later on, it was adapted to treat drug abuse. Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients to identify negative thought patterns and how they can influence their behaviors. Correcting the negative, or false, thoughts to a positive or logical way of thinking can improve the patient’s behavior. These skills can be applied to every aspect of the patient’s life. Giving them the critical tools to achieve long-term sobriety.
DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy; it was developed to treat borderline-personality disorders, whose symptoms include self-harm or suicide. Dialectical-behavioral therapy is unique in that it encourages the patient to accept their experiences and move on from them. With guidance from the therapist, patients are taught to cope with their thoughts and emotions and change unhealthy or harmful behaviors.
FBT involves the patient bringing in family members, such as a significant other, into the therapy session. This has proven to be highly effective as it gives the family a chance to ask questions and better understand what their loved one is going through. It allows the patient to repair broken relationships and use the coping strategies they had been practicing throughout their treatment. While working with the therapist, families will be given instructions on how to continue helping their loved ones once they leave rehab and return home. This includes providing rewards when the patient has achieved a goal that they had previously placed for themselves.
MAT has been proven to be effective in helping patients avoid relapsing due to difficult withdrawal symptoms. By providing FDA approved medications, medical clinicians and doctors can provide relief for patients whose withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, and in some cases, dangerous. Combining medication-assisted treatment and behavioral therapies provides a “whole patient” approach and gives the patient a better chance of achieving a sustainable recovery.
Evidence-based practices provide patients with assurance that the treatments used have worked before, and they will work for them. At our San Juan Capistrano addiction treatment center, we only use evidence-based practices and involve patients in deciding their treatment plan. At New Leaf, we provide high-quality care and effective treatment programs that will give you the tools and skills you need to rebuild the life you thought was lost.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, contact us today.