21-Year-Old Friend Currently Struggling With Cocaine Addiction...
Caller: 20-year-old female calling for 21-year-old female friend
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Options for drug rehabs, alternative rehab programs
Reason(s): Female caller is asking for help with her friend. Caller says she and the person she is calling about have been friends for years and living relatively close to one another, have done many things together. She states that at a mutual friend’s house party both females tried cocaine several months ago. Caller states that she did not like the way she reacted to her first experience with cocaine. Immediately after coming down after using, she decided that she would never try it again. However, her friend’s experience was very different. What started as a “weekend thing” turned into an addiction that grew to using on Thursday, then Sunday and now throughout most of the week. Even though the caller’s friend has been in and out of rehabilitation facilities dealing with her cocaine addiction, nothing has been successful up to this point. Each time that her friend stops using for a few days, she immediately relapses once she mixes with the same group of people again that also use cocaine. The caller states that she is “too exhausted to care anymore” but would like to know if there was something where she would be able to have her friend forcefully admitted for treatment. After discussing options with the caller and explaining that admission against her will was certainly not an option, recommendations were made to a nearby biophysical detoxification facility that has a great deal of experience with people struggling with cocaine addiction.
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The traditional 12 step approach looks at drug and alcohol addiction as an incurable disease. This disheartens many and makes people feel as though they are at a constant disadvantage when battling addiction. Non-traditional programs treat drug and alcohol addiction as a serious problem that can be fully addressed and resolved through treatment that is based on science and empirical evidence.
The issue with 12 step programs is that they were the first real drug and alcohol addiction treatment offered to the public. Because many realize that addiction is something that they cannot overcome by themselves, popularity boomed quickly. While the research now shows 12 step programs are almost as effective as doing nothing at all, they are still the first name associated with drug addiction by virtue of "being first."
Not all non 12 step programs are the same, which makes it important to find the right program for you or your loved one. It is important to find a long-term, holistic treatment option that treats each patient as an individual.
It is impossible to determine exactly how much non 12 step treatment costs without knowing more specifics about the prospective patient. Some programs charge more than others do. This again highlights the importance of finding a program that not only meets your needs, but is also affordable. Fortunately, many programs work with a sliding pay scale or allow you to pay for treatment in installments.
This depends on the programs and on your insurance. More and more insurance companies are realizing the need for proper alternative drug treatment and extending coverage. This is due to the better results offered by a holistic approach and the financial benefits of most patients not relapsing.