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:
- Nutritional treatment
- Traditional therapy for emotional issues
- Art therapy
- Practical help with areas of the client’s life that may be troublesome (e.g. housing, employment, financial matters, personal relationships)
- Peer support
- Regaining self-respect
- Overcoming the stigma of mental health and/or substance abuse issues
- Fostering hope in the individual
Indeed, “Evidence-Based Recovery” is an omnibus term rather than describing a specific modality. As each client’s situation is distinct, so will the methodology for treating him or her be different in accordance with his/her needs.
The treatment plan that is indicated for “Jim” may not be at all what is needed for “Claudia.” This is true not only when one client’s problem is alcohol abuse, another client’s problem is drug abuse, another client’s problem is mental health issues, and another client’s problem is a combination of mental health issues and substance abuse. It is true even when two clients are combatting the same issues.
The commonality is that each of these clients is treated with proven-effective methods that have not only been subjected to rigorous peer review but have also passed the test of time in practical use.
Certain types of treatment are universally helpful and effective, while others are more applicable to some clients than to others, according to the nature of the problem, the severity, the duration, and the patient’s own emotional needs and personality. The common denominator, though, is that all the types of treatment are tried, tested, and proven effective. There is scientific evidence to support their use.
In short, Evidence-Based Recovery, despite being a relatively new term, is a collection of solid, time-honored therapies that can and will work for you or your loved one, or the client you are referring.