For the Most Effective Treatment, Seek Services That Measure Up

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  • When choosing a treatment program, ask specific questions to find out if the program uses practices supported by research.
  • Find out if the program follows the latest scientific knowledge, uses credentialed mental health/addiction professionals and prescribes medication, when available, to assist in the recovery process.
  • Learn five key questions to ask when selecting a program.

Evidence-based, or scientifically proven, treatment is particularly important in the addictions field because many myths and personal biases have slipped into professional thinking and are often accepted without question. For example, the notion that an individual needs to reach "rock bottom" before he or she can benefit from treatment is absolutely wrong, although until recently, many practitioners and researchers thought this was true. Data show that individuals who have more social support and economic stability, that is, have not lost their jobs or families, will have a much better outcome in treatment as compared to those who enter treatment without a strong social network to support their recovery.

If you or a friend or relative is entering a treatment program, ask specific questions to determine if the program follows evidence-based practices. This way you will have a better chance of having effective care and improved chances for recovery.

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