Addiction is a complex condition, and receiving evidence-based, customized treatment is the pathway to “stack the deck” in favor of recovery and sustained wellness. AAR exists to help those that desire recovery to achieve that aim. Below are some of the FAQs we receive at AAR Healthcare.

Frequently Asked Questions About Treatment


What Is Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment?

Many addiction treatment programs emphasize using evidence-based treatment methods. What does this actually mean? 

According to SAMHSA’s Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Resource Center, for a treatment method to be “evidence-based,” it must have published research citing it as such or be recognized by reputable organizations as evidence-based. This means:

  • The method has been researched, scientifically studied, and the research has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • The method has provided the desired outcome(s) regarding the objectives of the addiction treatment.
  • The method has been standardized so it can be repeated. This usually entails instructions detailing how the addiction treatment method should be used, with whom it should be used, the overall goals of the method, and any other materials needed to complete the method successfully.

At AAR Healthcare, we prioritize delivering evidence-based treatment as the foundation of each client’s customized recovery plan. This is accomplished, among other pathways, by blending medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with evidence-based behavioral therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and the Matrix Model (MM). 

How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

Just asking this question is a step in the right direction. Now ask yourself some more detailed questions, including: 

  • When you stop drinking or using a substance, do you experience physical withdrawal symptoms or psychological cravings?
  • Have you tried to stop one or more times yet haven’t been successful?
  • Do you spend a significant amount of time thinking about, acquiring, using, and recovering from alcohol or drugs?
  • Have you continued your substance use despite adverse health effects? 
  • Have you continued your substance use despite adverse effects on your personal life, social life, or finances?
  • Have you struggled to live up to the responsibilities of work, school, or family life because of your alcohol or drug use?

If you or someone close to you can answer “yes” to any of the above, it is worth exploring treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions About AAR Healthcare

What Kind of Addiction Treatment Does AAR Healthcare Offer?

At AAR Healthcare, our specialists have expertise in delivering evidence-based treatment for all forms of substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and benzodiazepines, among many others. We provide our addiction treatment in an outpatient (and telehealth) model, which allows our clients to live “at home” with family or friends, remain employed or in school, and simply travel to our office in the San Diego area (San Marcos) for treatment and/or to receive it via telehealth from the comfort of your home environment.

How Is Outpatient Treatment Different from Inpatient Treatment?

When you go to an inpatient or “residential” treatment center, you live at the facility full-time as you go through treatment. Outpatient programs like AAR Healthcare are more flexible while providing a more customized and dynamic client experience to suit your individual needs and desires. We provide you with a place to come for medication and therapy on a schedule. When not with us, you can work or go to school. Clients generally live with family or friends who help support their recovery or in a sober living facility.

We offer: 

Most people start with IOP, which is similar to the level of therapy you would receive at an inpatient residential program. The OP level utilizes many of the same therapeutic approaches but through less time-intensive programming.

Once stabilized, our ongoing treatment model allows those we serve to continue to receive treatment and support by AAR, as they navigate life while readjusting their focus to balance their recovery with their other daily activities and responsibilities. 

How Is AAR Healthcare Different from Other Outpatient MAT Facilities?

AAR uses an array of medications in our MAT program, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltrexone (including Vivitrol), as well as other medications. This allows our staff to treat a larger number of clients with a broader variety of substance abuse disorders, including opioid (heroin and prescription pain meds), stimulant (methamphetamine and cocaine), alcohol, and benzodiazepine addictions. As an example, MAT facilities that work exclusively with methadone are ONLY potentially beneficial for opioid-addicted clients. 

Also, while other treatment centers that use MAT usually focus almost exclusively on the medication with minimal counseling and support, AAR Healthcare uses the medication to complement a broader treatment strategy that includes rigorous evidence-based counseling and recovery support services.

Start Over at AAR Healthcare

If you or someone you love is considering addiction treatment, AAR Healthcare is here to answer any questions for you. Reach out to us online today or give us a call at 844.967.1610.