Individuals looking for recovery programs today have nearly unlimited options. However, not all programs offer the same variety of treatment options or quality of care. One crucial way to distinguish between recovery centers is to determine which provide evidence-based treatment modalities. Evidence-based treatments are clinical options which have substantial scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness in the treatment of substance abuse problems.

Evidence-based treatment programs have many benefits over programs which offer experimental forms of treatment. Treating addiction with evidenced-based modalities increase the likelihood that clients will complete their rehab, lowers their risk of relapse and offers them life-long strategies to manage triggers and extend their recovery. When a treatment facility individualizes a course of evidence-based treatments around the unique needs of a client in recovery, they will not only derive the most benefits from rehab but also have the highest likelihood of long-term recovery.

Bayview Recovery offers many evidence-based treatment modalities to facilitate its clients’ recovery. These offerings include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Cognitive behavioral therapies
  • Dialectical behavioral therapies
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • 12 Step recovery programs

Medication-assisted Treatment

The difficulty and pain of withdrawal symptoms often push individuals trying to recover back towards drug use, since they would rather continue to use their substance of choice than face their withdrawal symptoms. This dooms the recovery of individuals who choose to try to break their chemical dependency on their own. When recovering individuals seek professional help, however, they can not only derive the benefit of clinical therapy but also of doctor-supervised medication-assisted treatment which can significantly reduce their withdrawal symptoms, ease their separation from their drug of choice and ensure they receive the full benefit of their individualized rehab.

Prescription medication — selected based on the drug or drugs being abused and dosed to correspond to the severity of the client’s addiction — can lessen or eliminate one of the primary risk factors that threaten an individual’s recovery — withdrawal symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment makes detox easier which increases the likelihood that an individual will complete rehab. Without detox, clients will derive minimal benefit from their rehab treatment. Further, since these prescription drugs do not replace the drugs the client is addicted to, individuals will not develop an addiction to any of the medications used during treatment, which enhances their ability to live a drug-free life after rehab.

Behavioral Therapies

Substance use and addiction often begin as coping mechanisms, a way for individuals to manage strong feelings and emotions that may seem overwhelming to them. When individuals use substances to address problems in their lives, whatever their origin, it is called self-medication. While a person can manage life challenges through self-medication, it comes at a significant cost to their physical health and overall well-being. However, individuals can learn healthy alternatives to navigate these challenges and the triggers which incite them.

Behavioral and dialectical therapies give clients proven alternatives which answer the crucial need to manage their triggers and emotions during recovery and afterward. A variety of studies support the conclusion that these therapies provide clients with effective means to avoid reactionary behavior, release negative thoughts and behaviors and replace them with healthier attitudes and response patterns. Therapy, however, only teaches clients to handle negative feelings like anger, loneliness and sadness in a healthier way; all of these emotions are a natural and healthy part of an emotionally healthy life, which are never treated away.

Community and Family Treatment Programs

Individuals in recovery from a substance abuse problem require a significant amount of support. This support can take many forms. In treatment, clients will receive support from their therapist during individual therapy, but they will also receive support from their peers in group-therapy sessions facilitated by counsellor experienced in addiction treatment. Group therapy allows recovering clients to give support to one another during the most challenging phase of their recovery and to receive support, and it also allows them to begin to build a network of support that they can rely on after they leave rehab.

Clients can also draw encouragement from the community of their family and friends who can also participate in programs designed around the needs of those closest to the person in recovery. A wide circle of champions surround the individual after recovery can significantly minimize the chance of relapse since it can help keep the recoveree maintain accountability for their actions and provide a healthy environment where drugs are no longer required to feel happy and satisfied. Healed relationships and healthy home life also minimize the stress of recovering individuals and help minimize triggers to relapse.

12-Step Programs

12-Step recovery programs are among the most popular and widely regarded treatment programs for alcohol addiction because they are highly successful. As one of the oldest treatment formats, 12 Step has helped millions of Americans and individuals worldwide successful end their alcohol dependence and stay sober. While 12 Step programs began as a treatment for alcohol addiction, this modality can also be used as an effective treatment for addiction to any substance. One of the many advantages of enrolling in a 12-Step program is that individuals can continue to participate in the program and attend meetings once they have returned home, giving them a familiar, stable and long-term support system throughout their recovery.

Evidence-based Practice at Bayview Recovery

Selecting a rehab program that offers an array of evidence-based therapies ensures you will receive treatment strategies that are proven to increase your chances of having a successful recovery stay, produce results and create the groundwork for long-term recovery. Because evidence-based treatments take a significant portion of the risk out of a client’s rehab stay, it also further decreases their risk of relapse and incurring more severe health problems. A recovery program that also individualizes evidence-based treatments to a client’s needs will further enhance the quality of their recovery.

An individualized, evidence-based recovery plan that is skillfully crafted around a client’s personality, pattern of addiction, substance of choice, any co-occurring disorders and lifestyle gives them the best chance of healing and regaining their well-being.

Call Bayview Recovery at 888.570.7154 to talk to one of our addiction recovery specialists about beginning your journey towards wellness today. You do not have to spend another day with addiction. Bayview Recovery can help.