What Are the Evidence Based Addiction Treatment Methods?

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Evidence Based Addiction Treatment Programs Evidence Based Treatment, also known as Evidence Based Practices (EBP’s) is “the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.” That means EMPs focus on three combined principles: clinical expert opinion, external scientific evidence, and high-quality services that reflects the interests, values and needs of the recovering individual. The overall goal of EBP is to provide optimal clinical service to every client on an individual basis, taking careful consideration of the individual’s preferences, culture, environment and values while promoting health and wellbeing at physical, mental and spiritual level. Today, evidence based addiction treatment is an effective rehab method used in day-to-day practices for those seeking recovery from addiction and substance abuse disorders, which include the following methods:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy — psychotherapeutic approach to addiction treatment
  • 12 Step Facilitation Therapy — treatment strategy that aims to encourage participation in a 12 Step program
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy — counseling approach that aims to increase the individual’s motivation to quit. The individual is encouraged to view themselves positively and believe in their own ability to quit the addiction
  • The Matrix — it involves using education and encouragement to lead the individual into recovery from their addiction
  • Family Behavior Therapy (FBT) — aims at addressing not only substance use problems but other co-occurring problems as well, such as conduct disorders, child mistreatment, depression, family conflict, and unemployment. FBT combines behavioral contracting with contingency management
  • Community Reinforcement Approach — provides support to the individual in their community. It can also be combined with a voucher scheme where the individual is rewarded for remaining abstinent
  • Pharmacotherapeutic Approach — There have been a number of pharmaceutical agents that are backed by evidence that can be used in the treatment of addiction – in particular withdrawal symptoms. Example of such drugs would include topiramate, acamprosate, and disulfiram (this makes people feel sick if they drink alcohol)

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