What You Need to Know About Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment

People who struggle with addiction lead a life of suffering and need evidence-based addiction treatment centers to recover.

The cost of addiction is high—not only financially but also from a mental and physical standpoint.

Beating addiction takes a tremendous amount of commitment. Those who find the most significant success in recovery do so with the aid of evidence-based addiction treatment.

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The Best Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment Centers

Pathfinders Recovery Center ranks among the best evidence-based addiction treatment centers in the nation. Our approach combines the best evidence-based addiction treatment with holistic wellness that promotes healing of the total person’s body, mind, and soul.

The outcome is a well-rounded, healed person who beats addiction and equips themselves to fight cravings and relapse. This philosophy enables people to get—and remain—clean and sober for life.

Here are some of the primary points you need to know if you are ready to start your life over again, without addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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What is Evidence-Based Treatment for Addiction?

Dr. David Sackett coined the term evidence-based medicine in a paper published in 1996. His definition of evidence-based treatment (for addiction or otherwise) as follows:

“The conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”

That might make you wonder what that means, precisely. Let us break down the primary points of Dr. Sackett’s statement and relate it specifically to evidence-based practice in addiction treatment.

First, he mentions the importance of employing evidence-based addiction programs in a targeted way—carefully, clearly, and in good judgment. Your physician at Pathfinders Recovery Center will craft the best treatment plan for each person in our care.

Next, Dr. Sackett discusses the need for the current best evidence. Scientific researchers work continuously to find the next advancements in treating patients. Studies further drill down to discover the best evidence-based treatments for opiate addiction, cocaine abuse, and more. Physicians should use the latest, proven therapies and keep on top of emerging science to give their patients the most favorable outcomes.

Finally, Dr. Sackett notes that care providers should make their decisions.

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Undergoing addiction treatment is not like trying on a one-size-fits-all shirt. Addiction comes in all different shapes and sizes. Knowing which therapy is the best evidence-based addiction treatment depends on physician know-how.

Fortunately, our team at Pathfinders Recovery Center has twenty-five-plus years of experience, allowing us to formulate the most useful evidence-based addiction treatment programs for each person in our care.

Evidence-Based Addiction and Trauma Treatment

Nobody sets out in life with the express goal of becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs. Substance abuse results from traumatic events, either physical or psychological. Therefore, you must receive treatment for both the substance use disorder and your trauma to heal fully.

Consider these scenarios, as they underscore the validity of this thought process.

A young woman takes a severe physical beating from her partner. She sustains physical wounds that heal, but it is the mental torment that haunts her. Her friend shares an anxiety prescription with her, hoping she will quell the feelings of despair. It works, and the young woman grows dependent on it. Instead of coping with the feelings, however, she begins abusing that pill to quiet her mind.

Here is another typical situation. A young man sustains a debilitating neck injury in a motorcycle accident. During his long recovery, the doctor prescribes painkillers to ease his discomfort. After months of use, the doctor takes the patient off the pain medication. But the young man grew addicted to the prescription. Now, to ease his suffering, he turns to street drugs like heroin to keep the pain at bay.

These are fictitious accounts—but we hear these themes over and again at Pathfinders Recovery Center. Know that these scenarios are the reason that we affirm that evidence-based addiction and trauma treatment go hand-in-hand.

Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment and Alcohol Use Disorder

We see an interesting paradox as related to Alcohol Use Disorder, alcoholism. Alcohol is a legal drug, and so many people use it for toasting special occasions and celebrating life’s special moments. However, as much as people accept drinking alcohol casually, they attach a stigma to those who grow addicted. That seems somehow unfair!

Therefore, we see evidence-based addiction treatment and alcohol rehab as a match made in heaven. We use the latest behavioral modification techniques, counseling, and group therapies to help you break the cycle of alcoholism.

Then, we take it a step further by helping our clients dig deep inside themselves to uncover the root of their addiction. If we find a secondary diagnosis, which we call a dual diagnosis, we also treat that condition.

Evidence-based treatments encompass many therapies to help you stop drinking and stay sober. Some treatments include these:

  • Medically assisted detox to help curb the symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Individual counseling sessions with a licensed psychologist.
  • Dual diagnoses to pinpoint any mental illness that triggers your addiction.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you understand your behavior and teach you strategies to shape it.
  • Group or peer counseling sessions will help you build a network of people who struggle and help you feel less isolated.
  • Relapse prevention classes.

This list gives you an overview of some of the evidence-based addiction treatment programs available. Remember, though, that your plan will be structured for your individual needs. This approach helps you overcome your alcohol addiction once and for all.

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Evidence-Based Drug Addiction Treatment

As we mentioned in the alcohol abuse treatment section, our care team custom-crafts an evidence-based drug addiction treatment plan to suit your specific addiction.

We treat people with a variety of addictions, including abuses of the following substances:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Crack cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Painkillers
  • Prescription drugs
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamine

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We hear heartbreaking stories from clients about how drug abuse invaded their life, grabbed them, and never let go. Fortunately, we know how to help you break free from the hold drugs have over your life—evidence-based drug addiction treatment.

Some of the techniques that our team might recommend for you include these:

  • Medically assisted detox to help you curb cravings and other impacts of withdrawal
  • Individual psychotherapy to help you work on unresolved trauma that could be the underlying cause of your addiction.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment if you have a mental illness that causes your addiction.
  • Peer counseling sessions where you can connect with people who have a full understanding of your daily struggles.
  • Behavior modification sessions that help you replace negative habits with positive actions.
  • Attending classes to help you prevent relapse.

These are only a few of the evidence-based treatments available at Pathfinders Recovery Center. Our team will assess your needs and develop the best evidence-based addiction treatment plan to help you beat your addiction.

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Reach Out to Receive the Evidence-Based Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment That You Deserve

Whether you are an alcoholic or need evidence-based drug addiction treatment, Pathfinders Recovery Center will help you. Our staff is both caring and experienced—we have helped thousands of people who struggle with addiction over the past 25 years. More importantly, we know we can help you, as well.

What is next? Reach out to an addiction counselor at 866-414-0220. We will listen to your concerns and take the time to hear about your needs. We will also guide you on payment options and help you find out if your insurance provider will pay for your recovery. We are excited to speak with you soon!


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