Evidence Based Treatment
Every behavioral health clinic that deals in common mental illnesses, including addiction, tout their adherence to evidence-based treatment. However, they do not often delve into details on what these treatments are. At Alter Health Group, the treatments that we employ are as diverse and unique as the clientele who trust us with their recovery. However, you can broadly categorize the treatments as either being a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or pharmaceutical therapies.
Evidence-Based Treatment for Different Conditions
Alter Health Group endorses different treatments for different conditions, but the same condition can also require different treatment modalities. While some people respond well to therapy for a condition, others require a blend of therapy and pharmaceutical intervention.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a profoundly versatile modality of therapy that’s proven effective in treating most major mental illnesses. The basic concept that underlies CBT is cognitive restructuring, addressing and modifying the cognitive pathways that form the foundation for anxiety, depression, and other conditions. Of particular note is that a specialized form of CBT is extremely effective in treating obsessive compulsive disorder. This type of therapy, Exposure and Ritual Prevention, is an adaptation of CBT principles that helps break the obsessive-compulsive cycle.
By identifying and understanding cognitive patterns, our therapists can empower patients to understand themselves and develop healthy coping mechanisms. This is particularly valuable as one component to a comprehensive addiction treatment program. By following up initial detoxing with therapy, our patients are able to enjoy greatly improved outcomes and reduced relapse rates.
While medication is often not necessary to treat mental illness, it depends on the condition and the experience of the patient. However, you shouldn’t think of pharmacotherapy as innately opposed to non-medication-based therapies. In fact, studies show that using anti-anxiolytics and anti-depressants to support treatment drives improved outcomes for patients with anxiety and/or depression.
On the other hand, some mental illnesses absolutely require medication. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in particular, do not respond to therapy. However, this does not mean that Alter Health Group’s treatment ends at medication. Both of these conditions as well as others are deeply stigmatized and misunderstood. People who develop schizophrenia often suffer from misconceptions surrounding the condition, such as the idea they’re inherently dangerous. This is why we pair medication with individual education, family education, and other holistic treatment programs.
There is no treatment for autism, and autism itself is not something that requires treatment. However, people on the spectrum often suffer from issues like executive dysfunction and gastrointestinal pain. Likewise, anxiety occurs within the autistic population to an extremely high extent.
For these reasons, autism care is more of an umbrella of other, individually-curated care types. Our therapists work to identify quality of life obstacles in the experience of each individual patient with autism, and develop an approach to helping them live in the greatest comfort.
Evidence-Based Treatment with Alter Health Group
Alter Health Group is constantly working to incorporate the latest behavioral health information as to maximize the quality of life of our patients. In particular, we often treat dual diagnoses; cases of addiction overlapping with mental illness. Handling such serious, complex issues every day has only made us more driven in our mission to help people live their best lives.