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Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment

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Evidence-based addiction treatment is a well-established and respected form of treatment for those with addiction issues.

These treatment and therapy principles are employed by many rehabilitation establishments across the globe. This is largely due to the proven, positive results previously achieved.

Aim:

The principle of this treatment is based on clinical methodology. It is tried, tested, and has a solid track-record in terms of treating addiction. It achieves this in a variety of ways which includes helping addicts to understand and better manage their strong cravings, and to identify all underlying issues that are contributing to their current condition.

Three important elements:

This form of treatment needs to meld 3 crucial elements:

Expertise:

The expertise of the therapist based on criteria such as their current qualifications, career experience, education and clinical skills.

Patient specific:

Individual concerns that are specific to each patient, their preferences and expectations.

Gaining personal insight:

The idea of evidence-based treatment is to help each addict gain a personal insight into exactly what thought processes lead them to compulsive behaviour. From here they will learn how to manage negative emotions far more effectively.

Open communication:

For evidence-based therapy to be effective there must be full, open communication from both parties. The person undergoing treatment must be willing to comply with all aspects of the treatment and there must be a strong, cohesive bond between the client and the therapist.

Two well used evidence based therapies:

Below we will explain 2 very regular therapies that have helped countless individuals overcome their addiction issues:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

This treatment is commonly referred to as “CBT”. It is based around understanding how the addict’s thoughts affect and influence their compulsive behaviour and emotions.

Once this is fully understood by both parties they can then work together on ways to change these underlying thoughts and behaviours.

CBT is a successful treatment method that helps patients manage their addiction.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

DBT was originally developed for treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. The basis is to promote acceptance of difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviours. From there it then works towards acceptance of these traits.

The ultimate aim of DBT is to help the addict achieve a balance between accepting their current issues and implementing the changes necessary to reduce these.

Focus is also on motivation in terms of making these lifestyle changes with particular emphasis placed on the strengths of the individual concerned. This motivation encourages the addict to apply these changes in real life situations.

Dual diagnosis treatment:

Evidence based treatment is also used for addicts suffering from two or more illnesses. Addicts often have concurrent issues to deal with.

Common conditions affecting a person’s mental health include bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. The problem is that these are often overlooked.

Two main reasons for this are that the addict is unaware of the severity of the concurrent problem(s) and has therefore not been officially diagnosed, or any addiction treatment given treats only the known addiction.

It is very important that an addict be assessed for any unknown conditions before addiction treatment begins. If any are present they must be treated accordingly.

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