Evidence-Based Addiction Treatments Offer High Probability of Success

Feb 11, 2013, 09:15 ET from Cliffside Malibu

MALIBU, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "I want people to recover from addiction without the suffering I endured," said Richard Taite, CEO and founder of Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center. "That's why I went to the evidence-base before we opened our doors in 2005. I needed to know which treatment methods have a proven record of success and which do not." His goal was to establish an effective treatment program founded on scientific approaches to recovery.

"Jane Brody hit the issue directly on the head. There is significant scientific evidence about what works and doesn't work in recovery," said Taite, referencing Brody's article "Effective Addiction Treatment," recently published in the New York Times.

The recovery protocol that Taite and his team of industry leading professionals created proved to be so effective that by 2009, Taite was offering the Cliffside Guarantee: "If you graduate from all three levels of care at Cliffside Malibu and relapse in the first year, you can return to primary care free of charge," says Taite. Only once has a client returned to Cliffside using the guarantee.

Taite attributes Cliffside's success to the holistic, evidence-based treatment that is designed to meet each client's unique needs. The center's treatment protocol is founded on the Stages of Change model developed by Dr. James Prochaska. During treatment, a trained therapist determines which of the five stages an addict is at and guides him through the remaining stages. Intensive individualized psychotherapy that addresses the underlying causes of addiction is coupled with other evidence-based therapies used to treat the whole person. Cliffside even employs a full-time addiction researcher to review the latest studies and bring proven treatments to clients. 

Taite believes his model is what 21st century addiction treatment needs to look like. "There is no reason for anyone to suffer the ravages of long-term addiction from prescription painkillers, heroin, gambling – any of it. The science is out there. We know what works."

Taite is so intent on changing the face of addiction treatment that he shares Cliffside's model and successes in his bestselling book Ending Addiction for Good, coauthored with Cliffside's addiction researcher, Constance Scharff, PhD. The book is available at Amazon and other major retailers.

About Cliffside Malibu:
Cliffside Malibu offers top-notch addiction treatment in a private setting with multiple whole health treatment options. For information, please visit http://www.cliffsidemalibu.com or call 1-800-501-1988 24 hours a day.

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