In today’s day and age we are all inundated with choices.  It doesn’t matter whether you are standing in the toothbrush aisle of the grocery store or just trying to order internet service for your home.  Mental health care is no different.  Insurance companies try to only pay for services that are evidence based but we often suspect this is more of an attempt to avoid coverage than an attempt to guarantee that we receive the best care.  Sometimes this is completely accurate.

Addiction is a field that actually has an edge over some fields.  Public funded research is much more common in addiction treatment than it is in other fields.  NIDA for example publicly publishes research for consumers and treatment providers alike,  When you are looking at what kind of program affords you or your loved one the best chance at recovery this site can be instrumental in gaining some understanding of what is available, and what works.

Do not be afraid to ask your treatment providers what approach they use and why they are using it with you.  There are times when a person is lined up with a specific treatment option for very good reasons that might not be the best fit for everyone and a person with good clinical judgment may do this, but there are many treatment approaches that are clearly viewed as being more promising.  Look up the approach that is being used with you.  Is it one of the better treatment approaches out there?  Why or why not?  It is clear that overly confrontational approaches are not effective with most people, particularly if the clinician is aggressive.  Motivational Interviewing is a treatment approach that has been shown to deliver much better results and is well researched.  Is this being used with you?  Why or why not?  Is it merely because the clinician is only vaguely familiar with the concept?  Or has never heard of it (if this is the case they are clearly not an addiction specialist and you should find another provider).