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What is a Peer-Reviewed Approach to Rehab?

Try a peer-reviewed, non-12 step, evidence-based treatment approach.

An addiction treatment rehab, whether for alcohol, drugs or some combination thereof, can take many forms. This is partly because everyone’s experience with drug and alcohol addiction differs, which makes a standard, one-size-fits-all approach untenable. In short, what might work for one person’s addiction, might not necessarily work for another’s. The most widely known addiction treatment program, the12 Step program, provides a good case in point, as it certainly helps some people overcome their addiction. Unfortunately, the drop-out rates and relapses are so great that it is no longer considered the primary standard of care for addiction.

image of young woman on tabletAddiction treatment has come a long way since the 12 Step program was developed in the 1930s and today there are dozens upon dozens of treatment programs and therapies that address substance use disorder and addictions. This begs the question as to how to determine whether a specific treatment regimen might work and how effective it might be.

Fortunately, the field of addiction treatment has embraced the scientific method and scientific validation to answer that question.

This has led to what’s known as the peer-reviewed approach to addiction rehabilitation. Also known as “evidence-based” treatment approach, peer-reviewed treatment involves therapies and programs that include the following parameters:

  • Have been studied by reputable organizations.
  • Methodologies can be consistently duplicated.
  • Are clearly defined by guidelines and can be standardized.
  • Proven effectiveness has been documented in peer-reviewed research.
  • Have not proven harmful to patients.

Note that this reliance on scientific validation helps addiction specialists better tailor approaches on a more individualized basis and helps address related mental health issues—such as trauma, depression, and other disorders—that may be contributing to the addictive behavior. And, for the record, the 12 Step program has been accepted as an evidence-based treatment approach.

Efforts to bolster peer-reviewed treatment approaches are enhanced by the National Institutes of Health, which provide funding for into peer-reviewed research, and by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, which helps disseminate information to promote effective treatments. This increased focus on peer-reviewed treatment is improving the quality of addiction treatment overall and increasing the potential for recovery for those battling addiction.

Addiction treatment therapies that have gained broader acceptance and are being utilized as a result of the peer-reviewed approach include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • The Matrix Model
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Contingency Management and Motivational Incentives Therapies
  • Community Reinforcement Therapy
  • Family Behavior Therapies

Numerous other therapies, such as acupuncture, meditation, mindfulness, and other alternative and holistic therapies, have also received peer-reviewed support as being complementary treatments for addiction. And while there is no one-size-fits-all therapy to address someone’s addiction, treatment specialists have more options than ever for treating addiction on an individual level and a greater understanding of what therapies might work best on a case-by-case basis.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

Try a peer-reviewed, non-12 step, evidence-based treatment approach.

An addiction treatment rehab, whether for alcohol, drugs or some combination thereof, can take many forms. This is partly because everyone’s experience with drug and alcohol addiction differs, which makes a standard, one-size-fits-all approach untenable. In short, what might work for one person’s addiction, might not necessarily work for another’s. The most widely known addiction treatment program, the12 Step program, provides a good case in point, as it certainly helps some people overcome their addiction. Unfortunately, the drop-out rates and relapses are so great that it is no longer considered the primary standard of care for addiction.

young woman on couch reading from tablet

Addiction treatment has come a long way since the 12 Step program was developed in the 1930s and today there are dozens upon dozens of treatment programs and therapies that address substance use disorder and addictions. This begs the question as to how to determine whether a specific treatment regimen might work and how effective it might be.

Fortunately, the field of addiction treatment has embraced the scientific method and scientific validation to answer that question.

This has led to what’s known as the peer-reviewed approach to addiction rehabilitation. Also known as “evidence-based” treatment approach, peer-reviewed treatment involves therapies and programs that include the following parameters:

  • Have been studied by reputable organizations.
  • Methodologies can be consistently duplicated.
  • Are clearly defined by guidelines and can be standardized.
  • Proven effectiveness has been documented in peer-reviewed research.
  • Have not proven harmful to patients.

Note that this reliance on scientific validation helps addiction specialists better tailor approaches on a more individualized basis and helps address related mental health issues—such as trauma, depression, and other disorders—that may be contributing to the addictive behavior. And, for the record, the 12 Step program has been accepted as an evidence-based treatment approach.

Efforts to bolster peer-reviewed treatment approaches are enhanced by the National Institutes of Health, which provide funding for into peer-reviewed research, and by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, which helps disseminate information to promote effective treatments. This increased focus on peer-reviewed treatment is improving the quality of addiction treatment overall and increasing the potential for recovery for those battling addiction.

Addiction treatment therapies that have gained broader acceptance and are being utilized as a result of the peer-reviewed approach include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • The Matrix Model
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Contingency Management and Motivational Incentives Therapies
  • Community Reinforcement Therapy
  • Family Behavior Therapies

Numerous other therapies, such as acupuncture, meditation, mindfulness, and other alternative and holistic therapies, have also received peer-reviewed support as being complementary treatments for addiction. And while there is no one-size-fits-all therapy to address someone’s addiction, treatment specialists have more options than ever for treating addiction on an individual level and a greater understanding of what therapies might work best on a case-by-case basis.

If you or someone you care about, has an ongoing history of alcohol or substance use and/or relapse, contact Gulf Breeze Recovery or call: (855) 433-4480 to speak to an addiction expert to learn more about their residential program, out-patient program, and intensive out-patient program, and which of these can best fit your individual needs.  These programs have helped many people overcome their addiction and embrace their new happy, healthy, substance-free lifestyle.

We help people not just to survive, but to THRIVE!

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About Gulf Breeze Recovery:

Gulf Breeze Recovery, unlike other treatment centers in Florida, is a non 12 step holistic drug and alcohol rehab that is changing the future of addiction treatment with their THRIVE® (Total Health Recovery) program focused on overcoming chronic relapse.
Gulf Breeze Recovery’s THRIVE® program is a non 12-step approach designed for those who are looking for a drug and alcohol treatment program to produce a different and positive result.
This non-12 step program allows you to drive beyond your addictions and promotes a new outlook on life.
We are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and our last audit scored 99.7! Also, we are gold certified by the Joint Commission.

Program logo: Gulf Breeze Recovery offers a true non-12-Step, holistic drug treatment program with licensed mental health professionals who have small caseloads so that they can offer individualized and intensive care and it's called THRIVE®

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At Gulf Breeze Recovery we don’t want you to have just a great recovery, we want you to have a great life!

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