Treatment & Recovery
Addiction treatment models encompass harm reduction, needle exchanges, controlled drinking, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and social recovery models, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, LifeRing, and SMART Recovery. Adoption of these models by professionals and individuals struggling with addiction appears to follow individual beliefs, while the evidence for other options is often discounted. The medical and science community recognizes MAT as the only “evidence-based” treatment, while recovery advocates often look at MAT as substituting one drug for another. Few programs provide a choice to individuals regarding their preference or combine the two approaches, and data are sparse to help predict success with each model.
This session will address the available evidence related to harm reduction, MAT, and Social Recovery models of addiction treatment. Data from more than five years of follow-up evaluations with residents of Recovery Kentucky programs, a social recovery model, will be contrasted with research evaluating MAT programs. Factors that will be addressed include dropout rates, relapse rates, and program satisfaction ratings. This review will lead presenters to conclude that the social recovery model works for some but not for all and the MAT model works for some but not for all. A more effective approach should consider the combination of both methods for those seeking help and those who have suffered a nonfatal overdose. Presenters will review the programs that are working to take the best from both approaches and make recommendations of how a more comprehensive approach could increase effective interventions to help individuals suffering from addiction. It will also include recommendations for further research in predictive analytics to provide a basis for data-driven treatment.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.