Niece’s Addiction To Prescription Pain Medication Causes...
Caller: Aunt calling on behalf of her 17-year-old niece
Problem: Addicted to prescription painkillers, Vicodin and Percocet
Seeking: Long term treatment
Reason(s): Aunt is worried about her niece’s addiction to pain pills. According to the caller, her sister (the user’s mother) started her niece on substances such as Vicodin and Percocet. According to the aunt, her sister has always acted more like a friend than a mom and thought it might be ‘cool’ to use with her daughter. The caller said, “There is no physical abuse in the household, but the way she is treating her kid is both criminal and negligent. I have thought about getting the police involved countless times but that would only make matters worse.” According to the aunt, the abuse of prescription painkillers has become so severe that her niece barely makes it to class anymore and is likely to flunk out of school instead of getting her degree. The caller is most concerned about the long-term effects of the negligent behavior and drug addiction. She recognizes that a long-term recovery program is essential. The aunt stated, “There is no way that a part-time or short-term program is going to undo the damage to my niece. It may suck for her to have to redo her senior year, but that is where we are at, at this point.” She wants to know about long-term recovery programs that specialize in prescription drug abuse.
One Response to “Niece’s Addiction To Prescription Pain Medication Causes Concern”
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.