Evidence Based Treatment:
The Search for Addiction Treatment Options
When buying a car, you don’t choose the first car you see on the lot. You look around and make sure it has features that will comfort you during long rides, the right color scheme for your personal tastes, and the right price tag.
When choosing an addiction treatment center, you want to be just as picky.
As you overcome addiction, you will want to work with professionals who understand your needs and have earned the education to offer real help through evidence based treatment.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse recently reported that many addiction treatment facilities are not offering evidence based services that adequately meet the needs of their clients. When people search for an addiction treatment center, they often don’t know what questions to ask or how to determine which treatment centers offer evidence based services.
The first question to ask is whether evidence based treatment is provided by a licensed medical professional and appropriately licensed or certified professional staff members. A well run treatment center will have licensed mental health counselors as well as experienced doctors who are skilled in helping patients using evidence based methods that have proven successful with other patients.
An article published by the National Institutes of Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2607333/) reports that it is unfortunate that many addicts are treated with detoxification alone. Drug withdrawal, when not supported by proper treatment can cause a variety of painful symptoms including sweating, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and tremors. Detoxification symptoms can be relieved through responsible evidence based drug treatment practices initially. Long term treatment that follows initial evidence based drug treatment can take months or years and may require counseling and continued medication.
The website of a treatment center that provides evidence based services will take a practical and therapeutic approach to treatment. They will understand how to use evidence based drug therapy along with behavioral treatment within a treatment plan that will reduce symptoms associated with withdrawal and improve the lives of patients who suffer from chronic drug addiction.
Evidence based treatment plans are supported by extensive research and experience. A little research will help you find the right treatment center for you – a treatment center that is structured around evidence based concepts and procedures.