With drug overdose death rates up for the 11th consecutive year, 22,000 deaths alone from prescription medications, and high profile drug-abuse related deaths such as Mindy McCready’s recent suicide after failing to get the support she needed from specialists from Celebrity Rehab and other professionals, one has to wonder whether or not addiction treatment does any good.
Richard Taite, founder and CEO of the Cliffside Malibu addiction treatment center in Malibu, California and coauthor of the bestselling book, Ending Addiction for Good, believes that addicts can be helped, but only if they receive a highly individualized form of treatment that few treatment centers provide. “We know what works because we did the research,” Taite says. “Cliffside Malibu is the only treatment center in the world to have a full time addiction researcher on staff. One of her primary tasks is to evaluate the scientific research and find out what works for addiction recovery. We then offer those therapies on a case by case basis to addicts recovering in our center.”
Ann Fletcher, in an article for CNN, “Did Rehab Fail McCready?” noted several factors that cause addiction treatment to be ineffective in many treatment centers, chief among them: lack of intensive one-on-one psychotherapy; lack of highly qualified staff; lack of evidence-based therapies; and cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all therapies.
Constance Scharff, PhD, Cliffside Malibu’s full-time addiction researcher, pointed out that these are precisely the factors she and Richard discuss in Ending Addiction for Good. “Our country’s treatment system is largely archaic. Most rehab facilities offer little in the way of evidence-based treatment. Yet decades of research from around the world indicates that there are treatments that work, if provided on an individualized basis by highly skilled professionals.”
Taite continues, “There is hope for addiction recovery, if the right care is given. I want those suffering to know that recovery is possible, but you have to get evidence-based treatment. If you cannot find a treatment center to provide the services you need, you can stitch them together on your own. The resources are available.”