Anyone who has tried to find residential treatment for themselves or a loved one knows the challenge of finding centers that provide evidence-based treatment with solid results. While this article specifically addresses treatment centers for eating disorders, many if not all of the issues are the same no matter what the treatment focus of any particular residential treatment program. It is always useful to consult with a professional who can act as a guide to navigate the challenge of finding the best fit for your needs.
The vast majority of substance abuse treatment uses no research to vet techniques and relies on antiquated notions of addiction to guide interventions. This is a fantastic article that describes newer, empirically supported methods like motivational interviewing and harm reduction, to help those struggling with addiction.
I often speak with parents who are wondering if their children may have Bipolar Disorder. One of my areas of expertise is in diagnosing and treating this illness when it presents in young people and adolescents. While such a diagnosis can be understandably distressing to parents and children, research clearly shows that early intervention and treatment vastly improves outcomes over the long-term.
Here is a really helpful article from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy website outlining warning signs, symptoms and treatment.
A very important article suggesting we can asses the risk of developing bipolar disorder in children who have parents with the illness by looking for a few key symptom types. It often takes many years to accurately diagnose and treat bipolar disorder and early treatment increases the likelihood of better outcomes.