Evidence-based approaches are those supported by empirical evidence and best practice. Therapies employed at Futures, such as dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and others, are evidence-based therapies that have been proven to be effective psychotherapies for the treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions.
At Futures, and at other programs with experienced teams of clinicians, evidence-based therapies can be combined with new approaches to improve patient outcomes. Futures’ clinicians include a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and multiple licensed clinical specialists who continuously learn from their own clinical experiences, the experience of their Future’s peers, and through continuing education. Treatment innovation is an often overlooked but important aspect of high-quality integrated treatment programs. Development of first-hand subject matter expertise and the selective testing and use of peer-reviewed therapies gives clinicians and patients more options and yields better results.
The introduction of physical therapy is a recent example of Futures’ clinical innovation. Upon finding that a high percentage of patients presented with undiagnosed or inadequately treated physical pain symptoms, Futures’ clinicians introduced specialized physical therapy into its standard practice. The integration of physical therapy as part of a patient’s standard care plan not only helps patients who experience physical pain but improves the physical wellness of all patients. Since its introduction, the physical fitness exercises and techniques taught to Futures’ patients have led to greater resilience and improved quality of life.
Futures welcomes new thinking to improve patient outcomes and judiciously weighs the testing and use of new therapies. By keeping current with innovations within the field, and by organizing its clinical growth around patient needs, Futures aims to improve the quality of its outcomes continuously and to enable as many paths to individualized treatment as possible.