Aunt Concerned For 17-Year-Old Neice Struggling With...
Caller: 44-year-old woman calling on behalf of 17-year-old neice
Problem: Crystal meth addiction
Seeking: Rehab facility, possible alternative options
Reason(s): Caller asking about possible treatment options for her 17-year-old niece who has become addicted to crystal meth. Caller states that her sister (the mother of the person struggling with addiction) moved around a lot after her niece was born. The caller describes their lifestyle as “they were drinking and partying, basically they were not ready to be parents, they were just kids having kids. Caller said that she knows her sister got into using crystal meth when her niece was around 9 years old. She noticed that soon it became more important for her sister and her husband to get high and buy crystal meth than it was to pay the electric bill. After speaking to her niece, caller says that she knows the first time her niece did drugs was with her own mother (caller’s sister). Caller says, “She reached the point in her young life where discipline was all-important, and instead her mother let her do whatever she wanted. I am still in disbelief that I allowed my sister to treat her own daughter this way.” Caller says that she is more than willing to take her niece in, and after talking to her niece, she seems open to this suggestion. However, caller says that she understands that sudden withdrawal can be very difficult and even dangerous to someone’s health. She wants to know whether there are rehab facilities in the area that might be able to help her. After providing her with two numbers she said that she will call back later in the week.
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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.