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5 Promising New Directions in Addiction Treatment

Over the past two decades, evidence-based therapies have developed bringing hope for true recovery to the addiction treatment industry. Read More

12-step influence

I worry about the ingrained 12-step slant in treatment. Most treatment workers are recovering via 12-step meetings, and they seem to fight against any other form of recovery. I can't see actual proven treatments becoming wide spread until this underlying control issue is addressed.

The 12-steps are anti-theraputic, IMO. They promote never-ending feelings of sickness and limitation. I don't believe that is healthy.

Evidenced Based

This is a great article even if self promoting. Nothing wrong with that.

What specific evidence based therapies do you employ at Cliffside?

Evidence-based therapies

I'm just curious, what constitutes EBT's? What percentage of your patients get Rx drugs (buprenorphine, naltrexone, subuxtex,. . .)?


With all these paradigms, do you think it is better for the patients to be under the care or counsel of ex-addicts? And if so, what constitues being an ex-addict in the realms of drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc.? And for how long must the person be an ex-addict in order to qualify as an ex-addict?


No answers forthcoming JUST PROMOTION.

Answering Your Questions

I too worry about the 12-step slant to most treatment protocols used in the majority of treatment centers. 12-step programs were never meant to be primary care for addicts, and they have a low, low rate of recovery. We find that about half of those in our treatment center enjoy using 12-steps as an adjunct to the evidence-based treatment they get from us. We provide it for those who want it.

Evidence-based means scientifically proven. There are research studies done on the therapy or treatment that show it to help improve treatment outcomes (avoiding relapse). No single therapy "cures" addiction, so we use many of them in concert. To know more about the specific therapies we use, please read "Ending Addiction for Good," which I wrote with Cliffside Malibu's full time, internationally recognized addiction researcher. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to charity, or you can get it used for a couple of bucks.

There are times when a person should be under the care of a professional and there are times when someone who has been through what you're going through (an addict in recovery) will be a great listener. For treatment, professionals (who sometimes are also in recovery). As support, addicts in recovery. Who is an ex-addict? At least one year free of alcohol and drugs is a rule of thumb that a person has a good footing on recovery.

As far as medical therapies go (Suboxone, methadone, etc.), we certainly use medications in the detox process to make our clients as comfortable as possible, but we do not prescribe them long-term. Our goal is to help individuals get off drugs -- period -- not keep them strung out on pharmaceuticals. ...and we have an industry leading success rate doing so, something of which I am very proud. You can get off drugs for good and live the life you've always dreamed of.

Thank you. Your book is in my

Thank you. Your book is in my digital queue at Amazon :-)

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Richard Taite is CEO and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center in Malibu, California and co-author of the book Ending Addiction for Good.


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