Choosing an appropriate treatment option for addiction problems can be confusing and daunting. There are a variety of approaches and philosophical reasonings – in addition to scientifically-driven methods – that exist, and navigating the world of drug addiction treatment can leave an already vulnerable person drifting back toward drugs or alcohol.
One of the more prominent methodologies today is called evidence-based treatment. In this type of substance abuse treatment, brain mapping is used to determine pathways of behavior, physiologically, to understand where deterrents can be implemented, and how evidenced-based treatment options can be pursued.
WHAT IS BRAIN MAPPING AND NEUROTHERAPY?
Brain mapping and Neurotherapy are scientific investigations of the brain and its electrical impulses, often referred to as electroencephalogram (EEG). When using brain mapping for addiction, it is important to complement findings with empirically sound interventions. While these techniques are often used to diagnose types of brain and skull injuries, it has recently shown promising results in understanding the vulnerabilities that lead to drug addiction.
In terms of addiction treatment, EEG and brain mapping offer insights into the brain of an addict by exposing particular learning problems and anxieties that compromise one’s strength and will, leading to self-medication. EEG and brain mapping can also expose the kind of emotional trauma and turmoil that also be the root cause of addiction struggles.
HOW DOES NEUROTHERAPY & BRAIN MAPPING AID IN ADDICTION TREATMENT?
These types of therapies may help in addiction treatment by laying bare underlying emotional and psychological trauma and anxiety in addicts’ brains. By using non-invasive brain mapping techniques, during which small electrical impulses (often via MRI machines) target particular regions of the brain, exposing the real-time electrical activity. This type of complementary therapy may also bolster certain theories – and debunk others – regarding the true nature of drug and alcohol addiction.
For example, a common narrative articulates the idea that drug addiction is a severe type of moral and personal failing; however, brain mapping and EEG techniques may help to show the biological and genetic causes of certain addictive behaviors. Thus, brain mapping for addiction is beginning to gain momentum in addiction treatment.
WHAT ARE EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPIES THAT CAN BE UTILIZED?
Evidence-based therapies are those that are empirically proven to have been successful in the past. These therapies are infrastructurally supported by case studies and double-blind confirmations by trained scientists. Therefore, evidence-based therapies are superior to more informal, anecdotal-based therapies. One example of an evidence-based therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. In this treatment, patients are guided carefully and precisely through the way in which behaviors – particularly ones which patients would like to end – manifest themselves through thought processes and emotional filters.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is, therefore, an intervention into this cycle, making the patient more mindful of the thoughts and feelings that end up influencing poor behavior.
An additional, quite popular evidence-based method is the 12-step program for drug and alcohol dependence. This relatively old method has proven successful, both in the short- and long-term, and is thus quite well-document empirically as a potential method for recovery.
Other more evidenced-based therapies include Medication-Assisted Therapy or MAT for short, where medications are used in a therapeutic manner to aid those who traditional abstinence-based methods have failed, and other psychotherapies.
WHY IS EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF ADDICTION?
Evidence-based treatment is important to addiction treatment and recovery because of the confidence that science brings to treatment centers and its counseling professionals. Treatments, like CBT, recovery programs, MAT and other psychological and scientific based therapies bring verifiability to such options and help to build a track record of success that is measurable and quantifiable. Therefore, with the introduction of brain mapping technologies and neurotherapies, such empirically-sound treatment options can become even more authoritative in the fight against ravaging addictions.
Many healthcare and counseling professionals are now bending their treatment options and guidance toward such evidence-based methods, and the future will likely see more brain-mapping interventions, complemented by a treatment strategy that is empirically-based, not based on anecdotal narratives built over years of unsound research methods.
HOW LINKS CAN HELP YOU FIND EVIDENCED-BASED TREATMENT CENTERS
The advocates at LINKS only work with facilities that utilize evidenced-based practices in their treatment programs. This helps us ensure that those we help get the best care, using the latest advances in addiction medicine. Call us today and get the compassionate and expert help you deserve.