A relatively new term (dating back to the 1990s) in the field of recovery, both from substance abuse and from mental health issues, “evidence-based” refers to interventions for which there is consistent scientific evidence showing that they improve client outcomes.
Why the pairing of mental health and substance abuse?
There are two rationales. Many of the treatment modalities that are effective in treating mental health issues are also effective in treating substance abuse issues. There is a great deal of overlap between mental health issues and substance abuse issues. Either one can precipitate the other. Some people drink or use drugs as a means of coping with mental health issues. On the other hand, abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can cause some individuals to develop mental health issues that they did not have before.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment, also known as Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment, effectively supports the recovery process of individuals who have both mental health issues and substance abuse issues. This treatment specifically recognizes and addresses the fact that such a client has two distinct diagnoses that feed into and perpetuate each other in, to use a common layperson’s term, a vicious cycle.
Evidence-Based Practices treat the entire individual and not just one aspect. They may encompass any of the following, according to the individual client’s needs. READ MORE