Evidence-Based Drug and Alcohol Treatment Is Essential to Safe, Successful Recovery

The Importance of Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment Practices

Effective drug treatment approaches are designed to address the many facets of drug and alcohol addiction and how it affects the individual, their family and society as a whole. There are many types of evidence-based drug addiction treatment, and our knowledge about evidence-based practices evolves constantly as we learn more about addiction and how it affects the mind, body and spirit.

Generally speaking, there are several guiding principles behind safe and effective evidence-based treatment programs. These include:

Supportive Infrastructure

The most effective addiction treatment programs have a supportive systems and structures approach. This means that many rehab centers established procedures for measuring, designing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans. It also depends on a systemic culture of collaboration, which means that all levels of an organization listen to feedback from the clinicians administering treatment and the patients who receive it.

Under this principle, treatment center staff go through continuous training and development to deliver individually tailored, culturally competent programs. Lastly, the organization works with each client to help them self-manage their addiction and their treatment plan.

Effective Pre-Treatment

Evidence-based recovery programs begin at the pre-treatment phase. This means that each client goes through screening and a brief intervention before the staff devises a treatment plan tailored to the individual.

The screening process is important because it helps the recovery center understand the depth of a person’s addiction. Evidence-based recovery also supports the idea of individualized treatment plans that can be adapted and modified to meet a client’s evolving needs.

Behavioral Therapies

Science-based behavioral intervention techniques are essential to a client’s recovery. These therapies have a strong foundation in helping a client find his or her motivation to change. They also focus on building skills that resist or replace substance abuse.

Reliable behavioral approaches include:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family-based therapies
  • Community reinforcement
  • SMART Recovery®


Research tells us that many individuals benefit from behavioral therapy combined with pharmacological intervention. This is for a client’s own safety and helps minimize the risk of unpleasant or dangerous side effects.

Medically supervised detox helps control the pain and discomfort of withdrawal. Please note that Elevate does sometimes prescribe certain medications during the detox process, but our goal is to get all clients off mind- and mood-altering drugs before they exit our inpatient treatment program.

Patient Participation

Lastly, evidence on addiction treatment shows that patient engagement is essential to continued recovery. This means that a client should be in rehab for an adequate length of time and that primary care providers should support and monitor a client’s recovery, even after they’ve been discharged.

Elevate’s Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment Approach

At Elevate Addiction Services, we believe in a holistic approach to addiction rehab. This means that we use a combination of therapy and techniques that heal the mind, body and spirit.

We are able to use pharmacology during the detox stage for the safety of the patient, but after that, we encourage clients to break free from their dependence on any medication that may be unnecessary. We find that medication can hide symptoms of some conditions that might make a person feel more stable in their recovery, but could actually endanger it in the long run.

Elevate focuses on healing the whole person, from their mental and physical needs to their nutritional and spiritual. The goal of treatment is to help each patient take responsibility for his or her own state of mind and well-being.

To achieve this, we combine conventional evidence-based drug and alcohol treatment techniques with beneficial alternative therapies. Some of our therapies include:


Mindfulness is a simple concept that goes back thousands of years, but it can be difficult to achieve in today’s digital age of distractions. We believe that mindfulness is so important that both our clients and our staff practice it daily. This helps keep your mind from racing and prevents a downward spiral into stress or overwhelming emotions, which can trigger relapse.


Like mindfulness, yoga focuses on achieving inner peace and balance. The practice of yoga helps rebalance each individual’s body and mind.

With a focus on breathing, stillness and relaxation, each client learns to react with a sound mind instead of reacting to impulses. Yoga is an essential activity for instilling strength, confidence and discipline.

Meditation and Breathing Exercises

Our breathing patterns change depending on how we feel in the moment. When we’re stressed, for example, we may experience rapid breathing. When we’re relaxed, our breathing is slow and even. Learning how to control breathing is essential, especially when we’re confronted by substance use triggers in everyday life.

Nutrition Education

At Elevate, we believe that truly taking care of your mind and body is more than just keeping it substance free. We also have a responsibility to fuel it with healthy energy.

Unhealthy eating can lead to blood sugar peaks and crashes, cravings and irritability. These can contribute to a general feeling of fatigue or lack of motivation – which could prove detrimental to recovery. Our nutritional counseling instills the importance of healthy eating, both in rehab and in ongoing recovery.

See Our Other Holistic Therapies

Our SMART Recovery® System

Elevate Addiction Services in Northern California offers a non-12-step behavioral therapy program that is evidence-based. The SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery® method teaches the important concept of self-reliance, encourages clients to take charge of their own recoveries, and provides the tools for each person to make positive changes in their lives.

Using these techniques, our patients achieve the same benefits as a 12-step program but without the religious component. Evidence-based intervention is essential for a safe and sustainable recovery. If you have any more questions about our programs or rehab philosophy, please contact us.

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