This is the third in a five-part series on \u201cFinding Addiction Treatment That Works.\u201d Read \u201cPart One\u201d and "Part Two." Finding addiction treatment that works \u2014 \u201cevidence-based treatment\u201d \u2014 requires knowing what medical interventions you cannot do without. Addiction, after all, is a \u201cprimary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry,\u201d according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Effective treatment thus targets the disease and its physical and neurological causes and symptoms. These three medical \u201cmust-haves\u201d and what to look for when exploring a prospective treatment program will help you find addiction treatment that works. What are medical must-haves for addiction treatment? Medically Supervised Detox for Withdrawal \u2014\u00a0and What to Look For Medically supervised detox for withdrawal is one component of evidence-based treatment, Columbia University\u2019s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) found in a five-year study of the state of addiction treatment in America. Chemical dependency means that when you stop using a substance that your body has become accustomed to having, your body experiences withdrawal. And, depending on the drug, withdrawal symptoms may range from merely annoying to seriously life-threatening. Withdrawal also has its stages, so what may start out as a runny nose and a little agitation, for example, can evolve into severe nausea, breathing issues, or even seizures, depending on the drug(s) involved. That is why you need medical help from trained professionals who can oversee your detox and stabilization, with the goal of safely eliminating drugs and alcohol from your system. Medical detox should follow \u201cestablished principles of psychopharmacology\u201d (a fancy term for the study of drugs and their physical effects and ways to treat them) \u2014\u00a0this according to a 2011 paper by a team of researchers in psychiatry from Stanford University School of Medicine, the Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In this vein, the researchers identified several best practices for effective, medically supervised detox; here is what to look for based on their recommendations: \tAn initial assessment by a trained medical clinician (which may include drug testing and other medical diagnostics) \tOversight by a team that includes a physician and assisting medical professionals \tRegular observation during and after withdrawal Acute Psychiatric Care \u2014 and What to Look For What is acute psychiatric care? Acute psychiatric care is the second critical medical component to addiction treatment that works. Acute inpatient care belongs to the implementation phase of inpatient treatment. This is when a board-certified psychiatrist with a specialty in addiction assesses the mental and physical conditions that led to your substance abuse and addresses them with comprehensive medical interventions. Here are some things to look for when evaluating the quality of acute psychiatric care offered by a prospective inpatient program: \tTreatment that targets not only the substance abuse, but also the underlying medical conditions, be they, for example, chronic pain issues or dual diagnoses \t24\/7 supervision by trained medical professionals \tA bed occupancy rate of no more than 85%, which, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, provides a helpful margin for managing fluctuations in patient admissions, needs and safety \tAvailability of skilled staff and the medically necessary interventions (so a lower clinician-client ratio) \tSafe, non-threatening and inviting physical surroundings Nutritional Healthcare \u2014 and What to Look For CASA\u2019s study also turned up a lesser-known component of evidence-based medical treatment for addiction \u2014 namely, nutritional healthcare, via a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. Treatment that involves correcting nutritional deficits and imbalances is more effective, the study found. Poor nutrition can contribute to an addiction and it also can occur as the result of one. Either way, effective medical treatment will introduce patients to key elements of a recovery-friendly diet, in addition to various forms of exercise that they can do on a regular basis, depending on their unique physical needs. Here is what to look for in a prospective program that promises nutritional healthcare: \tNutritional coaching and consultation as part of their treatment, ideally with a certified nutritionist specializing in substance abuse issues \tHealthy menus (if they have an in-house chef) that avoid excessive sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed foods and caffeine, and that instead incorporate more protein and healthy fats \tCourses on nutrition, diet and various forms of exercise \u2014 The Right Step\u2019s intensive outpatient classes are a case in point \tAccess to credentialed fitness trainers and\/or yoga instructors who can provide individually tailored exercise regimens Does Right Step Offer Medical Must-Haves for Addiction Treatment? At Right Step, we stay up-to-date with the medical must-haves for addiction treatment. We offer a variety of treatment options, including: \tMedical detox \tDual diagnosis\u00a0 \tAlcohol addiction treatment \tDrug addiction treatment To learn more, call Right Step today at .