In the past, whenever we thought of therapy, we thought of a man or woman listening as an individual spoke to them. In our typical scenario, we see the patient lying on a couch or sitting on a chair as the therapist takes notes. However, times have evolved from just simple talk therapy. While speaking with a counselor or therapist is still an effective method, it’s no longer the only method. New therapies are becoming available to help increase the chances of lasting sobriety for clients in rehab. One new option is evidence based therapy.
What is evidence based therapy?
Our evidence based therapy program utilizes practices that have the backing of clinical studies to show high effectiveness.
Evidence based therapy can help with:
- Treating addiction by learning and understanding the reasons behind using
- Reducing cravings for the substance of choice
- Addressing any underlying issues like a mental disorder or past trauma
Ignoring underlying issues could intensify a client’s condition, which makes them essential to address. Failing to address the root cause of addiction can also mean a client could relapse easier. These evidence based therapies are to help clients gain personal insight into their own thought processes. They also develop more effective ways to handle negative emotions.
Components of evidence based therapy
Defining an evidence based therapy program is to define the integration of these three components:
- Best External Evidence – Evidence found in clinical research that undergoes tests to deem the method effective.
- Clinical Expertise – Clinician’s qualifications, education, career experience and clinical skills.
- Patient Values – Unique concerns, preferences, and expectations that each patient brings to the therapeutic process.
The effectiveness of these methods depend heavily on open communication, the willingness of the client to comply with treatment and the cohesiveness of the client-therapist relationship. Morningside Recovery trusts in our evidence based therapy options for recovery. Our staff is ready to put these methods to use to help our clients fight their addictions. The team of Morningside Recovery has the necessary education and training in regards to these therapies to increase their effectiveness.They also have the passion to help those in rehab, which makes treatment more effective and more comfortable for our clients.
Forms of evidence based therapies
Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt)
This form of psychotherapy addresses the client’s self-destructive thought patterns. It comes from the idea that most of our behavioral and emotional reactions are learned. Its primary principle is to help patients identify negative thought patterns, test them and learn to reconstruct them. They will learn how these deeply-rooted thought patterns effect how they process stress and other life triggers that contributed to their addiction.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
This form of psychotherapy focuses on the psychosocial aspects of treatment. DBT acknowledges that some patients are more prone to have irregular and intense reactions to certain emotional events. This therapy is similar to CBT, except it emphasizes validating and accepting client’s uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It accepts the fact that certain clients are much more resistant to take direction. DBT explores the uncertainty these clients feel during treatment and helps them learn how to accept their circumstances and move forward.
These evidence-based therapies are used to treat behavior relating to addiction and other co-occurring mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. These forms of therapy focus on treating the negative behaviors associated with addiction by teaching patients how to identify them and develop strategies to make positive changes in perspective and behavior.
Patients will practice techniques which do the following:
- Exploring the consequences of continued drug use
- Self-monitoring to recognize cravings before they get worse
- Compiling strategies to avoid behavior that puts them at risk of relapse
- Practicing healthier ways to manage their emotions
Making better choices with morningside recovery
Morningside Recovery is ready to help you begin to make better choices, every day. We provide the addiction therapy services you need to break the cycle of addiction. To get started with evidence based therapy, or to learn how you can begin to break your physical addiction at our luxury detox center in California, call Morningside Recovery today at 855-416-8202. Speak with a staff member now to learn about our available addiction treatment services and how you can begin recovery at our Orange County residential detox center.