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At Guest House our experience has been that evidenced-based care (EBC) and best practice (BP) are clinical care services that complement each other. Therefore, Guest House incorporates multiple EBC and BP options in our delivery of clinical non-medical care. We recently shared four examples: twelve-step facilitation (TSF), motivational interviewing (MI), disease of addiction and eye movement desensitization (EMDR). Click here if you would like to review that article. What follows in this article is an explanation of four additional examples.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment which engages the beliefs that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns like those experienced with substance use disorders, learning processes play a critical role. Individuals in CBT learn that identifying and correcting problematic behaviors requires the ability to recognize distortions of thoughts and feelings that become barriers to change. Learning to recognize and to apply a range of cognitive skill sets to intervene upon compulsive substance use is essential to ongoing recovery.

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Relapse Prevention Therapy  (RPT) is an evidence-based practice that is recognized by both the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. RPT is a behavioral self-control program that teaches individuals how to anticipate relapse and to intervene either before it occurs or to stabilize self if a relapse does occur. RPT suggests that for some relapse is part of the overall recovery process. There is much to be learned and important lessons to understand in building stable recovery. RPT provides tools and techniques patients learn in treatment that can stop relapse from occurring.

Spirituality and Addiction are linked as a best practice. A holistic model of addiction and recovery understands that spiritual dimensions of care are essential to recovery. Addiction is often described as an individual who is looking outside oneself in order to obtain something to fill an inner void and feel complete. The need to fill emptiness can be referred to as a spiritual void. Recovery should reveal a spiritual path towards inner wholeness, congruence and integrity. A fundamental transformation takes place which sheds the false self that addiction created and begins to discover the new self. This is often referred to as a spiritual awakening.

Helping Men Recover (HMR) as a best practice is a holistic, gender responsive treatment for men. HMR recognizes that when men feel safe enough, they are willing to look at important issues often overlooked in traditional treatments such as relationships, spirituality, sexuality, power, control, privilege, entitlement and grief. As treatment assists men to reflect upon these common experiences, their chances of achieving sustained recovery from addiction improve.

Guest House has selected EBC and BP options because in our experience they provide our clients the best opportunity to recognize the trap associated to their condition, to engage treatment and to initiate recovery in order to return clients to their ministries.

Guest House prides itself on providing current, quality care based on each individual client. For more information about services offered, please visit GuestHouse.org or contact Jeff Henrich, president and CEO, at jhenrich@guesthouse.org or 248-393-8913.

Written by Tom Ghena, Lead Therapist, Men’s Program