Female Struggling With 5-Year Xanax Addiction That...
Caller: Mother calling on behalf of her daughter
Problem: Addiction to xanax progressively getting worse
Seeking: Drug rehab options to help daughter
Reason(s): Mother is calling on behalf of her daughter. She states that when her daughter was in high school, the daughter had a severe panic attack as she became very overwhelmed with her surroundings and the hustle and bustle of all the people in her day-to-day environment. After being taken to the hospital almost five years ago, she was diagnosed with anxiety and mild depression and prescribed Xanax. Her mother is worried that the prescription to Xanax is more addictive than originally anticipated. She noticed that her daughter’s prescription would not last throughout the month and states that a monthly prescription dosage barely lasts two weeks. The mother has called their family physician about the problem before but he refuses to prescribe more Xanax. As a result, the mother knows that her daughter is supplementing her monthly Xanax prescription with Xanax that she buys off the street from friends at outrageous costs. The mother has noticed that small bills are disappearing from her purse, but also realizes that suddenly going off Xanax would not be an option. She has tried to have her daughter quit cold turkey before approximately a year ago which resulted in the daughter having a severe panic attack, bad enough to where she stayed home from school for close to a week. The mother realizes that her daughter will not be prescribed more Xanax and wants to know if there is a way to deal with this 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.