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Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence-based practices are treatment methods which are backed by research and reviewed by experienced panels of psychologists and therapists. The Bluffs offers diverse forms of evidence-based treatment for substance use, mental health, and behavioral disorders.

Before 2005, rehab programs used different types of treatment, but there weren’t any official criteria or evaluation to indicate which one worked better than another.

This changed in 2005 when the American Psychological Association (APA) established criteria for evaluating behavioral health treatment, including substance use disorders.

The APA evaluated the reliability of research methods that studied different treatment types or program components. Substance abuse treatments can be verified by observational studies, clinical observations, and reviews of treatment outcomes.

Evidence-Based Practices At The Bluffs

The Bluffs uses evidence-based practices that have met the APA’s criteria for the effective and safe treatment of addiction and other behavioral health needs.

Not every person can benefit from every available evidence-based treatment method, which is why The Bluffs provides individualized treatment plans.

At The Bluffs, we use evidence-based practices as part of our holistic treatment approach. Therapists, counselors, and other professionals receive training in evidence-based therapies so we can provide the highest level of care to our patients.

What Evidence-Based Therapies Do We Use?

You may have heard of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT developed from CBT, and it is sometimes referred to as a type of CBT.

At The Bluffs, we offer both forms of evidence-based therapy.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured type of counseling or psychotherapy that is time-limited and focused on collaboration between you and your therapist. CBT lasts an average amount of 16 sessions, according to the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.

CBT uses several models of cognitive therapy to help you change the way you think and react. CBT’s goal is to help you improve how you function by focusing on your thoughts and feelings.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was initially developed to help people with serious mental health disorders, including borderline personality disorder (BPD).

When DBT is used to help people with substance use disorders, it can reinforce sobriety and reduce the length and severity of relapses, according to a study conducted by PHD-level psychologists.

Other Evidence-Based Practices At The Bluffs

Within overall treatment plans for substance use disorders, The Bluffs offers different evidence-based practices that can benefit specific needs. These include:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Twelve-Step Facilitation
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing has strong evidence-based support from American Psychological Association (APA) study groups. It can help you discover ways you want to change and set goals for your recovery using your own values.

Eye Movement And Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) was developed to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the 1980s.

It combines eye movements and other types of stimulation which can help reduce the intensity of traumatic memories and change the way they’re stored in your brain.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) combines cognitive therapy and exposure therapy with acupressure to reduce anxiety and distress. The APA’s evaluation of EFT in 2015 confirmed this technique is effective for reducing stress-related anxiety.

Twelve-Step Facilitation

12-step groups are self-help and peer support groups which follow the twelve steps to achieve sobriety. These groups form the basis of AA, NA, Al-Anon, and other support groups.

Twelve-step facilitation therapy holds you accountable for attending support group meetings. At The Bluffs, we’ll help you connect with local groups and encourage your active involvement.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been used for three decades to help people heal from opioid, alcohol, and tobacco use disorders. MAT combines FDA-approved medications with evidence-based individual and group therapy.

At The Bluffs, we use MAT to address both alcohol and opioid use disorders.

The Importance Of Evidence-Based Practices For Addiction Treatment

Substance use disorders don’t develop overnight. Over time, they will affect every aspect of your life. They can also be intertwined with your personal history, and can be affected by co-occurring disorders like depression or PTSD.

Evidence-based practices that can help you stop using drugs or alcohol and heal come from many psychological disciplines. Some evidence-based practices derive from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including EFT.

Evidence-based practices have developed over time, with multiple studies and research efforts that show they’re effective for treating addiction.

You Have Evidence-Based Options At The Bluffs

While you’re experiencing treatment and recovery at The Bluffs, you can take part in the evidence-based forms of treatment that are right for you.

Our qualified staff can provide compassionate and evidence-based care. You can rely upon treatment methods and therapy at our facility because an entire community of practice has worked with these treatment methods and experienced their positive results.

Contact us to learn more about which evidence-based practices can help you achieve a lasting and balanced life in recovery.

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