Caller: 32-year old man calling about his 26-year old brother
Problem: Crack addiction
Seeking: Inpatient long term recovery program
Reason(s): The caller is worried about his brother’s spiral out of control with illicit substances. The man stated that the reason behind the use was a broken heart, saying “My brother had drank a little liquor and smoked some weed but nothing too bad, then he started sniffing and selling cocaine which was already bad enough. However, it did not start getting worse until he had a bad breakup a few months later. The cocaine use gradually became more serious and he could not achieve the same high, so he started smoking crack. Eventually he started smoking it every day and that is where we are now.” According to the caller, his brother has gone down from 185 pounds to 105 pounds. Compounding the problem is that his brother was evicted recently from his apartment and lost custody of his son. The caller stated, “Now he is staying at some sleazy guy’s house and selling drugs just to finance the habit. You want to help your brother out but I know any cash I give him will not go to his son or a place to live, he’d use it to smoke crack.” According to the caller, his brother tried outpatient treatment after he lost custody of his son, but decided to drop out after three days. Both parties agree that a long-term recovery program is necessary to kick the addiction to crack, but they are unsure where to start looking.
One Response to “Brother Evolved From Cocaine Use To Crack Addiction”
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.