Man Seeking Treatment For Brother With Methamphetamine...
Caller: 36-year-old man seeking treatment for 33-year-old-brother
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Inpatient treatment center
Reason(s): The caller is seeking treatment on behalf of his brother. He explains that his brother is a capable, smart individual who is throwing away his entire life for his methamphetamine addiction. He says that his brother has had his children removed by DHS and even seems to realize that meth is ruining his life, but is unable to stop. Though his brother currently has a job that he has had for the past four months, it is a part-time position that does not bring in enough money to support his family. His brother has attended 12-step meetings before and has even been a month or two sober and talking about heading back to school, only to relapse later. He stated that he believes his brother is only going to have fewer and fewer chances at recovery the older he gets. The caller suggested that an inpatient treatment center that would get to the underlying cause of addiction would be the best possible treatment for his brother. He said, “Though it is somewhat of a strange blessing that my parents are not alive to see this, it also means that I am the only family that he has left. I just want to see him live a full life that has meaning.”
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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.