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Does Evidence Based Care really work?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been repeatedly proven to be an effective treatment. In multiple studies, this therapy has been proven to outperform many other forms of treatment as it provides patients with a methodology to break down situations into small and manageable parts.

According to SAMSHA, Research suggests that Cognitive Behavioral Health treatment that includes family therapy works better than treatment that does not. For people with addiction, family therapy can help them decide to enter or stay in treatment. It can reduce their risk of dropping out of treatment. It also can reduce their continued use of alcohol or drugs, discourage relapse, and promote long-term recovery.

In addition, combining therapy with Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has proven to help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms that come from stopping opioid use. MAT combines counseling and other recovery supports with prescribed medications. The medications approved for MAT are methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.

However, even people who are certain they no longer want the daily grind of getting drugs, using drugs, and watching drugs damage their lives and health usually can’t just walk away. They need a plan of action and support. Research shows that when people include a medication prescribed to treat opioid use disorder as part of their recovery plan, their chances of success increase. This doesn’t mean medication is right for everyone. Many people also recover from opioid use disorder without medication. But, it is important information for anyone looking at treatment options. Many studies have shown that motivation and behavioral approaches to substance dependence combined with MAT treatments show a greater outcome than Cognitive treatments alone.