Evidence-Based Treatment

at White House Recovery

Evidence-based treatment, or EBT, is an approach that uses scientifically-based information to guide various forms of therapy. Recovery facilities and programs that offer evidence-based treatments are, by definition, backed by legitimately published research findings. EBT uses accurate, verifiable information with real-world, practical applications to provide effective solutions for addiction, mental illness, and more. 

A variety of EBT modalities appear throughout rehabilitation facilities and sober communities across the globe, including 12-Step programs, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and the development of specific coping skills like interactive journaling.

The Goal of Evidence-Based Treatment

Facilities and individual therapists alike use EBT to educate and empower you to make the best possible decisions for your continued health and safety. Receiving treatments based on concrete evidence can help to peel away the anecdotal evidence and social expectations that surround common therapies and present the facts as researchers report them.  


Criteria for Evidence-Based Treatment

Before you choose to undergo a new treatment or therapy, it is essential to understand what kind of evidence backs up any claims about how it may help you. To be considered evidence-based, a treatment must meet certain criteria. The criteria accepted as nearly-universal indicators that a treatment is evidence-based include:

  • The treatment relies on extensive research conducted by a reputable source and published in peer-reviewed journals 
  • The goal of the treatment should match any results from the reported research 
  • The treatment results were consistent, repeatable, and studied in more than one setting
  • Regular reviews of the data back up the original findings 

At White House Recovery and Detox, we have designed a set of therapies built on EBT methods. Our care management team tailors evidence-based treatments to fit the needs of each person who comes to us. By staying up-to-date on current research trends and results, we can provide the most effective standardized care possible. 


How Can You Benefit From Using Evidence-Based Treatment?

Using EBT means that you and your loved ones can have confidence in your treatment’s high rates of success. There are many different and heavily researched approaches to treating substance use disorders, which means you have a wide variety of therapies to choose from. Below are some of the ways you can benefit from using evidence-based treatment:

  • You will be using treatments that are backed up by ample evidence
  • Extensive research shows how to implement the therapy for best results
  • Successful outcomes are more likely when using EBT methods
  • Your care team can make updates to your treatment to accommodate any new research findings

Different Types of Evidence-Based Treatment

Ensuring that everyone involved is educated about the various aspects of substance abuse and any related consequences is a significant component of almost every evidence-based treatment. Numerous EBT methods have been heavily researched and have proven to successfully bear positive real-world applications.

Below are some of the most common evidence-based methods used to treat substance abuse disorders:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is one of the most popular types of therapy used to address a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional issues. Decades of research papers back up the effectiveness of CBT, showing how useful it can be in treating substance use disorders, along with many other conditions.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): Acceptance and support are used as tools in motivational interviewing therapies to facilitate personal reflection and change. There is evidence that MI can be used to motivate individuals who may be struggling with substance use and addiction. MI is particularly successful in helping people overcome fears associated with change. 
  • 12-Step Programs: A mainstay of substance use recovery is self-help groups that follow a set of guidelines. 12-Step programs are among the most popular meetings for substance use disorder patients around the world. A large number of studies prove that 12-Step groups can effectively increase the odds of long-term sobriety. 
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Past traumatic events can cause chronic mental distress. EMDR can help lower the risk of these memories causing anxiety or triggering a relapse. 
  • Interactive Journaling: One widespread therapeutic practice involves writing down journal entries in response to non-confrontational questions regarding substance use and its effects on your daily life. Research shows that interactive journaling can help lower the risk of relapse. 
  • Prescription Medication: In some cases, doctors use prescription medication to counter unwanted psychological and physical symptoms. There is a great deal of data about the usefulness of various medicines to aid in the recovery of individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder. 


Find Out More

You can reach out to our office at any time to find out more about the evidence-based treatments that we use to treat substance use disorders and addiction. We take a holistic, big-picture approach to healing and recovery and strive to ensure that all of our services are based on well-documented research and proven outcomes. 

We are here for you

Evidence-based treatments, or EBT, will encompass most of your recovery journey at White House Recovery and Detox and when you return to your daily life. We believe in using methods that have been heavily researched and proven effective for individuals in recovery for substance use disorders. You can expect to utilize therapies that have been shown time and again to be successful for the majority of participants. Evidence-based treatment focuses on relaying the protocols and methods that are going to provide the best result. Any therapist treating you should be able to point to studies and meta-analyses that prove the efficacy of any therapy they claim is evidence-based. Your therapist can further educate you on the various forms of EBT.