Man’s Brother Struggling With Cocaine Addiction –...
Caller: 23-year-old male calling for 19-year-old brother
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Biophysical detoxification
Reason(s): Caller remembers that both he and his brother observed drug use at a young age. Believing it to be acceptable, both siblings drank alcohol and smoked marijuana early on in life. While caller admits that he had a “wild past” himself, caller says that his brother would come home so drunk that he would be stumbling and running into walls and yet receive no discipline from their parents. He said that his brother was kicked out of their home at age 16 and started living with a friend that would later introduce brother to cocaine. It didn’t take long for his brother to start showing signs of addiction to the drug. The caller says he is afraid that his brother may be selling drugs in order to support the habit, considering that he has no formal education past high school and has not appeared interested in finding a job. He admits that his knowledge of cocaine is based off of some information on the Internet and wants to know whether it is possible to quit using cocaine out of the blue or whether there may be negative consequences for doing so. Discussed the possibilities of biophysical detoxification with him to ensure that the initial step towards rehabilitation would be much smoother and provided him with two numbers to call regarding information and availability.
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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.