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What Is the Importance of Evidence-Based Treatments?

Evidence-based treatments (EBTs) are methods used for the treatment of substance misuse and mental health disorders that have been endorsed after scientific research has proven their effectiveness. They provide a starting point for care providers by combining a variety of factors such as cost, time, and situational information.

At Sage Recovery, some of the EBTs we use include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). In addition, we also offer holistic-based therapies that can play an important role in trauma-informed care and whole-person healing. There are multiple effective ways to treat addiction, and each person heals differently and has different needs. This is why our highly trained staff is experienced in a variety of evidence-based treatments to help promote full healing from substance misuse.

Evidence-Based Treatments: What Is EMDR?

One very important evidence-based treatment that has proven to help in the process of helping to treat past trauma is EMDR. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often a major factor that contributes to a person’s struggle with substance misuse. In recovery, not only must substance abuse be addressed but any underlying factors must also be addressed as well. For many, recovery will involve healing from past trauma. This is necessary to promote long-term recovery and lasting healing.

During EMDR, a patient is directed to move their eyes in a specific way while recalling certain traumatic memories. Following this, the patient is encouraged to reflect on what emotions that memory brings about. For some people, this could be a sense of fear or panic, while others may report physical symptoms such as trembling or a racing heartbeat.

Over time and through consistent EDMR sessions, the negative emotions associated with the traumatic memories resurfaced in treatment will begin to lessen in severity. It can take time and increased levels of exposure for this to happen. Eventually, the patient is expected to experience some relief and freedom from this trauma.

Evidence-Based Treatments: What Is CBT?

CBT is another evidence-based treatment that can play a very useful role in promoting the healing process of substance use. This type of treatment aims to get to the root cause of a person’s addiction by relieving the symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety and depression. It involves talking with a mental health counselor and identifying negative thought patterns and irrational worries. Over time, the patient can become more aware of these negative thoughts and stop them before they get out of control.

During CBT sessions, the patient and counselor can also work on replacing these negative thoughts with more positive, rational thoughts. The practice of CBT should help decrease the side effects associated with these mental health conditions.

This type of treatment is sometimes referred to as talk therapy. In addition to depression and anxiety, it can also help treat other conditions such as:

There are a multitude of benefits associated with structured talk therapy. Some examples include:

Evidence-Based Treatments: What Is DBT?

At Sage Recovery, we offer DBT skills training groups. This is an evidence-based form of treatment that can help patients learn how to better manage their emotions. They will also learn how to change negative thought cycles they may be struggling with. DBT is a form of CBT that places a particular focus on mindfulness practices. This form of treatment can help with a multitude of different problems in addition to addiction, including:

Four primary skills are taught through our DBT skills training groups. They include:

What Role Can Holistic Therapy Play in Trauma-Informed Care?

At Sage Recovery, our team is highly trained to provide trauma-informed care. We understand that many of our clients may be coming from very challenging and traumatic situations. The trauma that someone has experienced in the past will play a significant role in the treatment that they will need. It is for this reason, we utilize more than one different kind of method of treatment for treating addiction.

We believe that holistic methods can provide just as much value as other evidence-based treatments such as EMDR, CBT, and DBT. Just a few different holistic treatment methods that we may recommend include equine therapy, yoga, nature therapy, acupuncture, and nutrition resources.

At Sage Recovery, we understand that everyone’s experience regarding mental health disorders and addiction is different. We also understand that each person heals and recovers in different ways. This is why believe in offering a variety of evidence-based treatments to help meet the needs of each client that enters our facility. We also offer holistic treatment methods that can also play important roles in the healing process. If you are struggling with substance use disorder, our team at Sage Recovery can help you take the brave first step towards recovery. Don’t wait, give us a call at (512) 306-1394 today and a member of our team will answer any questions you may have about our services.