September 26, 2016 Felicia Durling

Evidence-Based Treatment: What it Means and Why it Matters

“Evidence-Based Treatment”: What it Means and Why it MattersTreatment centers confidently list their evidence-based practices and/or evidence-based treatment offerings. Modalities like CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, and MBSR, mindfulness based stress reduction, are examples of evidence-based practices. Highlighting these treatments as part of any program is important for people looking for treatment services.


Evidence-Based Treatment

Since the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous only came in the 1930’s, developing manners of treating drug addiction and alcoholism is infantile. Science based research is fairly new. Findings are happening regularly for what causes, and what can treat, addiction. Recovery is an individualized process as no two people recover the same way. Without regulation, treatment centers can offer a chosen approach to recovery, including evidence-based practices.

Evidence-based practice includes three tiers of principle:

  • The best research available on whether a treatment works and why it works successfully
  • Clinical judgment and evaluation to identify specific information about patients including: state of health, diagnosis, risks, and benefits of treatment
  • How clients feel about the treatment


Why EBT/EBP is Important?

Considering the newness of addiction treatment, looking for tried and tested practices is important. Again, not every patient will respond to an evidence-based treatment. However, the treatment becomes designated as evidence-based because it works on so many different patients. When a treatment center advertises evidence-based practices, it means they have done their research. More importantly, it means they have a critical level of humility. Instead of reinventing the wheel with treatment, they are providing the best known treatments at the present moment. Popular alternative modalities are not yet designated as evidence-based. Such treatments include yoga, meditation, massage, art therapy, music therapy, and more. Increasing amounts of research are supporting their effectiveness which is why many treatment centers include them as additions to traditional EBP.


The Center for Life Change offers evidence-based treatment practices along side out unique Heart Culture philosophy. Our intensive outpatient treatment program is available for those seeking to find healing through our proven model. For more information call 951 775-4000.

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