Evidence Based Treatment

Evidence Based Treatment

Finding the most effective treatment for your condition

When choosing a facility to attend for the treatment of a substance addiction or behavioral disorder, it is important to know whether or not the treatment programs they offer are scientifically proven evidence based treatment.

 Addiction is a treatable disease. Research in the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of evidence-based interventions that help people stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives.

-National Institute on Drug Abuse

First, you must understand what exactly it means to be evidence-based. Programs that are considered evidence based treatment have shown positive results for those that participate in them. Additionally, scientifically proven programs have been researched by medical professionals and have successful outcomes.

Evidence Based Treatment

Rehab Centers that utilize evidence based treatment are benefitted strengthened by years of research.

To be considered a research-based program, conclusions are based off of rehab clinicians observations that are formulated, tested and measured by their results and outcomes. Our program is highly effective and offers many different aspects that help treat both substance addiction and behavioral disorders.

Importance of Evidence Based Treatment Programs

Extensive research and first-hand knowledge create the best program options
Elevate highly recommends understanding the importance of evidence based treatment programs.

All programs that have been evaluated and researched go through an extensive process that includes:

  • Rigorous, systematic and objective methods to obtain knowledge
  • Logic and evidence-based reasoning
  • Use of experimental controls to verify that results are not due to some other factor
  • Appropriate data analysis methods
  • Peer review, repeatability of results and ability to build on findings

Through extensive research, medical professionals are able to determine exactly which therapies and detox processes are effective for each addiction and disorder. They are also able to determine just how much the brain plays a role in addiction and how addiction can be overcome with certain treatments.Because of thorough research, experts have found that addiction is a brain disease that can and should be treated.

First-hand experience is also a great way to determine whether or not a program will be effective or not. Even though the staff at Elevate is not a board of scientists, we are highly trained rehabilitation clinicians that have seen and been through it all. We know which evidence based treatment (s) work well with certain behavioral disorders. We are also able to determine which detox process will be effective to remove certain substances from the body. We are extremely knowledgeable and only offer the best treatment programs that can effectively treat substance addiction and mental health disorders.

Elements of an Effective Evidence Based Treatment Program

Choosing the right facility for your condition

Before attending a rehab facility, it is important to know what elements make an effective program and if the facility offers those programs. It is highly recommended to contact a facility and ask questions in order to determine whether or not it is a right fit for you or not.

There are over 14 rehab facilities in the San Jose area and we would like to help you determine which one is the best for you.

It is important to consider the following:

  • Does the facility use programs that are based on outcomes or current research?
  • What sources do they use for their research?
  • Are they up-to-date on the most current drug addiction treatment studies?
  • How do they measure their success rates?
  • Are their programs customized to meet each patient’s individual and unique needs?
  • Do they use medically supported treatments and proven practices for therapy?

It is also important to consider how the facility operates:

  • Are they accredited or licensed?
  • Can their staff provide their credentials on-the-spot?
  • Do they accept most insurance plans or offer financial help?
  • Are there specific rules and regulations you can or cannot abide by?

Each facility is different and it is important to research each one in order to determine which one is best for you. Elevate recommends attending a facility that is accredited and offers a wide variety of evidence based treatment (s).

Elevate’s Effective and Evidence Based Treatment

We provide only the best and most effective treatments for every condition

Elevate’s effective and evidence based treatment (s) significantly increase the chance for a successful recovery. In order to start on the road to recovery, we believe that is extremely important for all treatments to begin with a detoxification process. Depending on the severity of the addiction, the detox process will vary from patient to patient.

Drug Detox

We provide only the best and most effective treatments for every condition

This process begins with a cleansing of the toxins from the gastrointestinal system and is followed by a complete overhaul of the brain’s chemistry. Studies show that substance use has a direct effect on the chemical release in our brain. The prolonged use of a substance will eventually stop the natural release of dopamine causing users to increase their use as well as their frequency. At a certain point, users will no longer feel any effects but continually use because they feel they cannot function without it.

Alcohol Detox

The alcohol detox program varies slightly from that of drug detox simply because there is only one primary substance that needs to be removed from the body; ethanol. However, the removal of ethanol from the body is incredibly challenging and should not be understated. The body is also significantly lacking necessary nutrients; therefore, unlike the drug detox, the alcohol detox includes nutritional support throughout.

Inpatient Detox

This detox will take place in a facility where they will administer any pain medications to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal, which may include:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Fluid imbalances
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Schizophrenia
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations

Outpatient Detox

Many individuals are able to manage their addiction to a certain extent yet are still able to acknowledge that their addiction can worsen with ongoing drug use. For these patients, our outpatient detox treatment program may be useful.

Sub-Acute Detox

Sub-acute detox treatments are recommended for patients who experience less severe cases of withdrawal symptoms. These treatments include nutritional and psychosocial support for those recovering with or without medications. Sub-acute detox provides patients with support and monitoring without the need for intensive medical care or pharmacological/psychological interventions.

After the detoxification process is complete, patients will begin a series of therapeutic sessions, which include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Electric shock therapy
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Brain wellness program
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Brief strategic family therapy
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Neurofeedback
  • Group therapy
Also known as talk therapy, helps patients understand their illness and gives them strategies and tools to deal with their mental disorder. Through this therapy, patients can manage their symptoms and learn how to function normally.
Interpersonal Therapy
Focuses on improving the relationship between patients and their families. It relies heavily on open and honest communication and teaches patients how to redirect their negative emotions.
Psychodynamic Therapy
This type of therapy explores the origin and current function of patient’s deep-rooted issues. Clinicians determine how past and current life events affect how patients function.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
One of the most effective therapies when treating mental health disorders. It teaches patients how to recognize their maladaptive behaviors, as well as how to positively cope with the imminent changes of life.
Electric Shock Therapy
Conducted when patients are under general anesthesia. Medical experts administer small electric currents to their brain that trigger a brief seizure. No one really knows how it helps ease the symptoms of depression; however, after six treatments, people showed significant improvements.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Prompts patients to focus on their solutions rather than their problems. Most times, patients need a tiny push from our therapists to create solutions on their own; however, there are many who figure it out instantly. It just takes concentration and a safe and tranquil environment.

Education Based Treatment

Brief strategic family therapy relies heavily on family inclusion.
We are able to recognize the dynamic between our patients and their families. It is widely known that family life may contribute to addictive behaviors; therefore, it is extremely important to get a better understanding of our patient’s family life and health history. We are also able to help mend broken relationships through our therapeutic processes. We teach patients how their addiction affects not just them but their family and loved ones as well. We also teach their families how to support them through this difficult time. We help find a balance between our patients and their families.

Evidence Based Treatment

Psychoeducation helps patients learn practical and positive emotional and behavioral skills in order to manage their emotions and self-awareness as well as improve their lives. Most facilities will use therapy handouts, worksheets, individual and group therapy activities as well as visualizations. These tools will help patients learn how to effectively manage their lives. We highly recommend psychoeducation in a group setting in order to stir conversation among patients. We want each patient to understand another; they may gain insight into their own addiction as well as valuable advice as to how to manage their sobriety during and after treatment.

Evidence Based Treatment Aftercare

The road to recovery does not end when your program ends

It is easy to remain sober when you are in a rehabilitation facility because you are in a sober and safe environment as well as being closely monitored and assessed by medical professionals all day every day. Once you return to your daily life, you will no longer be surrounded by people who understand and support you. The transition from a treatment facility to real life can be quite overwhelming; patients will need someone to turn to for guidance or support. It is extremely important to attend an evidence based treatment aftercare program that provides a safe and comfortable environment for recovering patients.

Support groups, like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, allow patients to remain in contact with people who have the knowledge and experience of life in and outside of treatment. The programs are designed to bring together those who are in recovery and serious about maintaining their sobriety. They require each patient to understand that they are powerless to their addiction and that it takes a lot of willpower, work and support to remain committed to their sobriety. In order to maintain sobriety and achieve a long-lasting recovery, it is beyond important to have people around who love, support and understand.

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