What Is Evidence-Based Treatment?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff:

Evidence-based treatment is an important phrase in the medical world because it means that treatments have been proven to be effective in a large portion of the population. According to the journal “Health Policy,” the best definition of evidence-based practice is “The integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise”. In the field of recovery research, this is often related to behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies, or medications used to help a person quit abusing drugs and/or alcohol.

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies uses an analogy of evidence-based treatment as a three-legged stool. The first leg of the stool is the best available research and scientific evidence that has helped people in recovery. The second leg is a patient’s values and preferences. The third leg is a recovery expert’s own clinical experience. When these three components come together, they provide a sturdy, well-designed method to help an individual overcome their addiction.

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Why First Responders Should Travel for Treatment

It can feel overwhelming when trying to decide where to go to treatment. Whether you are suffering from a mental health issue or a drug or alcohol addiction, there is a multitude of treatment centers to choose from. Treatment centers are everywhere, so there is probably one near where you live, but it may not be the right one for you. Traveling to a treatment center in different state could be the right choice for you.

There are many factors to consider when determining where you should complete your  treatment, but one of the most important factors is location. It can feel comfortable staying near home while receiving treatment, but it could be beneficial for both you and your loved ones if you complete your recovery process in a different location than where your issues started or manifested.

Here are some key reasons to consider traveling outside your state for treatment:

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Managing #1stresponder PTSD

First Responders face dangerous and traumatic events on a daily basis.  There is no way to know or predict which event could affect a first responder negatively enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, in a culture of bravery and pride, asking for help can be seen as weakness and many do not seek the help they need.  They can be left to deal with PTSD on their own and revisit difficult and negative emotions over and over again. First Responders can feel like they are trapped in a painful past.

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