Evidence-based treatment. These words can be heard and read all
over the place. Everything needs to be evidence-based. When talking to
counselors they often say with great pride that they use this or that technique
and then follow it by saying, "it is evidence-based you know."
It seemed that a person should be amazed and give instant
credibility to anything that can attach itself to the magic term "evidence-based".
Dr. White decided that because this term is so revered and honored,
he needed to find out exactly what it meant, and how one obtains these magic
words of approval next to their program. What he found was truly amazing.
Warning... prepare yourself to be surprised and astonished at the bar you have
to leap to obtain this prestigious designation of having an "evidence
When Dr. White first ran into a reliable definition, he just
could not believe it. So, he dismissed it and kept searching for something much
different. Surprisingly, he found source after source repeated the same definition
and qualifications. Please make sure you are sitting down as you read about the
true definition of what "evidence-based" means.
To demonstrate an evidence-based treatment, you have to show
with a study of some sort that your treatment idea creates a 2% improvement
over doing nothing. That would mean a 2% success rate or a 2% improvement in a
condition. The previous statement has been carefully proofread, and it contains
no typos. You read that right, 2% is the threshold you have to reach to be deemed
You could do almost anything, even as a joke, and create a
2% improvement. Remember, it is 2% compared to doing nothing, not 2% over
another treatment or a set base success rate. Nope! 2% over doing nothing. If
it works 2% better than just sitting in your car, then you have attained
evidence-based air. You just have to do some kind of study to prove that 2%.
No wonder there is so much failure in the recovery
community. We hope that nothing at AIM is reduced to being evidence-based. If
that is all it is, we plan to throw it out and move on to something that
actually works! AIM will not set its sights on the abysmally low bar of