Consider these sobering statistics: there were 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2021, an increase of nearly 15% from the 93,655 deaths estimated in 2020, according to the CDC’s most recent data set.
That is over 100,000 Americans who are no longer with us – sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.
Millions continue to suffer from substance use disorder, and overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Obviously – this deluge of tragedy justifies the need for treatment and recovery services, which has led to a rapid expansion in the number of detox and treatment providers. However, in this $35 billion industry, not all is fair weather.
While many of these providers strive to offer honest, quality care to save lives, addiction treatment and recovery services have historically been largely unmonitored, allowing for corruption to flourish and exploit vulnerable individuals in need of medical care. Unfortunately, news stories about rehab scams and patient abuses can lead people to believe that the entire industry is tainted by a few bad actors.
The value of a treatment center that offers evidence-based treatment cannot be overstated. These programs provide patients with the highest level of care available, based on the latest scientific research and clinical best practices. In fact, finding a quality center, with experienced clinicians, evidence-based care, and the relevant certifications can actually be lifesaving.
Evidence-based treatment centers offer a range of data-backed therapies and interventions that have been proven effective in treating addiction. Read on for more…
Benefits of Evidence-Based Treatment
One of the key benefits of evidence-based treatment is that it is backed by rigorous scientific research. Researchers have conducted numerous studies on the effectiveness of various treatment approaches, and evidence-based centers use this research—and experience—to guide their care.
In addition to being more effective, evidence-based treatment is also safer than many other forms of addiction treatment. Some treatment centers rely on unproven and potentially harmful treatments, such as rapid detox or aversion therapy. These treatments can be dangerous and have been linked to serious health risks.
For example, rapid detox involves administering anesthesia and medication to help patients quickly withdraw from drugs or alcohol. However, this approach has been linked to a number of serious complications, including seizures, respiratory failure, and even death. Aversion therapy, which involves exposing patients to unpleasant stimuli in an attempt to make them associate drugs or alcohol with negative feelings, has been widely discredited and is no longer used in most reputable treatment centers.
Unfortunately, many less ethical treatment centers continue to offer these and other unproven treatments. These centers may prey on vulnerable individuals and their families, promising quick and easy solutions to addiction. However, these treatments often fail to address the underlying causes of addiction and can even make the problem worse.
In addition to being ineffective and potentially dangerous, unproven treatments can also be costly. Some treatment centers charge exorbitant fees for unproven treatments, leaving patients and their families with little to show for their investment. This can be especially devastating for those who have already spent a significant amount of money on addiction treatment, only to relapse or experience other setbacks.
By contrast, evidence-based treatment centers offer a range of proven therapies and interventions that have been shown to be effective in treating addiction. These therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and contingency management (CM), among others. Evidence-based centers also use medications that have been proven to be effective in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms, such as buprenorphine and naltrexone.
In addition to these therapies, evidence-based treatment centers offer a range of supportive services and resources to help patients achieve and maintain recovery. These may include individual and group counseling, peer support groups, relapse prevention planning, and ongoing support after treatment.
The prevalence of less ethical treatment centers is a cause for concern in the addiction treatment industry. However, there are steps that individuals and families can take to ensure that they receive evidence-based care. These include researching treatment centers carefully, asking questions about the therapies and interventions offered, and looking for centers that are accredited by reputable organizations like the Joint Commission or the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Evidence-Based Treatment in Scottsdale
The team at SPRC has a wealth of experience and expertise. We have assembled a world-class team of seasoned, compassionate, and trained professionals. We bring a combined 120 years of experience in the treatment industry and have helped countless people on the road to lasting recovery. We pride ourselves on our standards of efficacy, integrity, and experience. Our staff holds degrees and certifications from a variety of top-notch programs, and works collaboratively to treat each client holistically. Meet our team, and see for yourself!
Scottsdale Providence is accredited and licensed by the Joint Commission and approved by Legit Script. We are deeply committed to efficacy, ethics, and integrity in treatment. Giving our clients a foundation for lasting recovery is our bottom line.