The National Alliance on Mental Illness defines evidence-based practices, also known as EBPs, as treatments that have been researched academically or scientifically, been proven effective, and replicated by more than one investigation or study. This model integrates medically researched evidence with individual patient values and the clinical experience of the provider. Evidence-based treatment practices are meant to make treatment more effective for more people by using scientifically proven methods and research.
Most agree that there are six steps for the provider in the evidence-based practice treatment process:
Some professionals also include a seventh step in which the clinician evaluates their own performance on each case-by-case basis.
As research develops and more studies are conducted, more and more evidence-based practices are formed. Below are a few EBP interventions that have been proven effective for different types of disorders:
One of the most noted EBPs is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is useful in treating a wide variety of mental health disorders from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and mood disorders as well as addiction and substance abuse. NAMI explains CBT as a therapy that helps individuals discover the relationships that exists between self-destructive behaviors and negative thoughts and feelings. This type of psychotherapy is an active intervention that seeks to positively influence brain chemistry by changing the way you think. With extensive scientific research to back it up, CBT has a proven effective evidence-based practice track record. A review was done on several studies of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on many different disorders. Eleven of the studies directly compared CBT and other methods, and out of that group seven of them showed more favorable responses to CBT. These types of reviews strengthen the evidence base of CBT.
Evidence-based practices generally work because they have been proven. Studies have already been conducted most likely in large-scale clinical trials that involve thousands of patients. Scientific evidence is plentiful and risk factors have already been assessed. The results of extensive research are usually used to produce a plan that is replicable and standardized. Many EBPs have thorough written instructions and the necessary tools needed to implement them. EBP treatments may also be less expensive than traditional therapy as well.
The focus for addicts is on lifestyle changes and behavioral modification and not just detox. The evidence-based treatment method attempts to help recovering addicts improve in all aspects of their lives and not just treat the initial addiction. Many addicts also suffer from a mental health disorder, and there are EBPs, like Dialectical Behavior Therapy, that work to treat both the disorder and the addiction simultaneously, which seem to have the best results for the long term.
Overall, many agree that a combination of traditional methods and evidence-based practices are most likely going to produce the best results. Using medical and scientific knowledge and research, personal experience, and treating each patient as an individual person are thought to produce the best lasting results. Medical knowledge continues to grow and expand, and the best health care providers understand and embrace this.
At Foundations Recovery Network, we understand the importance of new and innovative treatment as well as traditional models. The dual diagnosis model treat each individual as a whole person and acknowledges that each individual requires specific and customized treatment. Call today to learn more about how evidence-based treatment practices can help you or your loved one to start on the path to recovery.Contact Us
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