Doing What Works: The Importance of Evidence-Based Treatment

When an individual with a substance use disorder decides to take steps towards healing, they want excellent and effective care. At Olympia House, we are committed to delivering on this sentiment. As part of our commitment in treating the whole person, we make a professional promise that our help will be compassionate, wholesome and functional.

Evidence-based treatment has three different steps. The first step is bringing in research from clinical trials and scientific literature. These trials have clearly constructed scientific goals, and a complete analysis of any results. This assures that there will be a solid link between cause and effect if such a link exists. The second step is clinician review. This is when the practitioner decides if they want to bring in this particular tool. Finally, the patient gets to decide if they are okay with any treatment that is utilized. Olympia House is committed to these principles of scientific clarity, good judgment, and patient consent. These constitute a large part of our ability to provide evidence-based compassionate care in a beautiful setting.

The Importance of Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Therapy is one of the most powerful tools in the treatment of substance use disorders. By addressing the thinking, families, and relationships that led to a cycle of substance abuse, real change can be implemented. As part of Olympia House’s philosophy, we believe in sharing our understanding as practitioners with you. Here are three types of therapy available at our drug addiction rehab facility that are backed by scientific rigor in the treatment of addiction.

Group Therapy for Addiction

As individuals, we need social support and role models. Group therapy serves an important purpose in relieving isolation. Addiction can create a cycle of shame that leaves people feeling afraid to be honest and alone in their experience. When an individual is given the opportunity to share their experience, we have found group therapy helps to relieve this destructive loneliness. Similarly, since there are people in all different stages of recovery, this provides invaluable models for those just entering recovery. Group therapy also provides a sense of what to expect along the journey. Showing how other people moved beyond discouraging moments can keep motivation alive during your experience at a rehab facility. This sentiment is one of the many important facets of our integrated philosophy at Olympia House.

CBT for Addiction and Managing Negative Affect

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, has a myriad of clinical data that shows effectiveness. In one study after 52 weeks, 60% of people who had been undergoing CBT therapy had clean toxicology. CBT works by finding what thought patterns are leading to the addictive behavior. The therapy then encourages changing those thoughts to something that is both more realistic and more hopeful.

CBT for addiction treatment first helps with emotional regulation. It challenges out of control thinking patterns like “I’ll never get better”, and tries to shape them into less threatening, more growth based alternatives. In this case, an alternative thought pattern CBT might offer to encourage a resident or client is “I’m feeling discouraged right now in my recovery, but I know that therapy is a process with its ups and downs like any other. My main responsibility right now is sticking with it.”

Secondly, CBT for addiction treatment helps replace turning to a substance with better problem-solving skills. For example, a co-occurring disorder often linked to addiction is anxiety. When feeling anxious, instead of reaching for a substance, CBT can help sufferers think through long-term solutions such as becoming mindful of anxiety and taking steps to calm oneself. This can include activities like exercise, taking a hike in nature, or talking to a group or loved one.

Why Twelve-Step Therapy Works: Aftercare and Our View on Spirituality

Another type of therapy that has demonstrated promise in clinical trials is the twelve step program. However, this type of therapy works best as an after care method. At Olympia House, we know there are many religious components to the twelve steps program. We are committed to diversity including diversity of religion. We believe the twelve-steps program works because it provides meaning and spiritual support once you have completed your rehab experience. At Olympia House, we focus on the holistic aspects of spiritual support. We also strive to help you bring meaning to your life after recovery in a lasting way.

Finally, Olympia House offers relapse prevention therapy, family-based therapy, and relationship therapy to help treat the underlying causes of addiction. We are proud to add that these additionally have demonstrated lasting results.

Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT)

We believe in using medications that balance brain chemistry. At Olympia House, we believe that the correct substitutes for opioids or other pharmaceutical aids have demonstrated that they can help treat addiction. We also know that not prescribing addictive alternatives is another scientifically viable way of avoiding relapse.

At Olympia House, we are serious about doing what’s proven to help you get back to a life you can love free from addiction. Call Olympia House at (888) 795-1965 to begin your recovery at one of the locations near you.