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Evidence-Based Practice is Important in Addiction Treatment

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When it comes to addiction treatment, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Addiction is a complex disease, and individuals will respond to different types of treatment. That’s why RCA’s addiction rehab facilities have different individualized evidence-based approaches to care. For effective addiction treatment tailored to your unique needs and goals, contact Recovery Centers of America. Call 1-800-RECOVERY or connect with us online for information about our evidence-based addiction treatment programs and how we can help.  

What Is Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)? 

Evidence-based practice (EBP) in addiction treatment is an approach that uses research to guide clinical decision-making. It focuses on using techniques that have been shown by science to be effective. This may involve medications, behavioral therapies, or other approaches that help treat addiction. 

EBPs are effective in treating substance use disorders and are also being used in other areas of mental health care. It is an essential part of providing high-quality addiction treatment, and it will become even more important in the long term as the landscape adapts. 

Why Evidence-Based Practice Is Important in Addiction Treatment 

EBP is the gold standard for treatment in the medical field, relying on scientific evidence to guide decisions and practices.  

Every method and practice have been rigorously tested and found effective through scientific protocols, providing a clear pathway forward for both patients and practitioners. This structured approach instills confidence and ensures that precious time in a patient’s recovery is not wasted. 

EBPs focus on long-term recovery, as the programs are not just structured around immediate treatment but equip individuals with the tools to cope and live a fulfilling, drug-free life. 

Examples of Evidence-Based Practices  

Here are some examples of evidence-based practices: 

Medication-Assisted Treatment 

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a harm-reduction approach to treating addiction that involves using certain medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. The medications used in MAT help to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings, making it easier for people to abstain from drugs or alcohol.  

MAT is considered evidence-based addiction treatment, as it is more effective when combined with behavioral therapies. In addition to reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings, MAT also helps to improve mental and physical health, increase employment rates, and reduce criminal activity.1 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy  

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy designed to help people change their thoughts and behaviors to improve their mental health. Unlike other forms of therapy, CBT focuses on the here and now rather than exploring past experiences. CBT is an effective treatment for various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and phobias, as well as substance abuse and addiction issues.  

CBT aims to help people understand how their thoughts and behaviors impact their feelings and experiences and to learn new ways of thinking and behaving that are more helpful. CBT typically involves working with a therapist in weekly sessions, and it can also be delivered via self-help books or computerized programs. 

Your treatment specialist will work with you to decide which therapeutic approaches will best support your unique recovery journey. 

Family Treatment Approach 

A growing body of evidence suggests that family treatment approaches are effective for treating addiction. Family therapy approaches involve working with the individual’s family to address the underlying issues contributing to the addiction. This can include addressing communication problems, emotional issues, and family dynamics.  

Families participating in treatment together are more likely to see positive results, including increased abstinence rates and improved overall functioning. In addition, family treatment approaches are especially effective for those struggling with multiple addictions and those who have relapsed after treatment. 

Contact Recovery Centers of America for Effective, Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment  

Addiction is a complex and devastating illness that can ruin lives. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, it is important to seek help from an evidence-based program. Evidence-based practices are more effective than other types of treatment in reducing drug use and cravings, improving family functioning, and reducing the risk of relapse. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t wait to seek help. Contact RCA at 1-800-RECOVERY or via our online form to learn about your treatment options.  


1. National Library of Medicine – Effects of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder on Functional Outcomes: A Systematic Review 

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