Brother Calling On Behalf Of Sibling Struggling...
Caller: 26-year-old male calling on behalf of his 22-year-old brother
Problem: Methamphetamine Addiction
Seeking: Treatment options for his addiction
Reason(s): The caller is speaking on behalf of his brother that is currently struggling with a methamphetamine addiction. Both his brother and father had been struggling with a meth addiction for some time, but it was the recent death of the father due to a meth overdose that made caller’s brother want to seek out treatment. The mother is no longer involved with the family – she left years ago due to what already appeared to be an uncontrollable drug problem. The brother is interested in seeking help after having spent several years as an addict, but is unable to decide upon a treatment that appears worthwhile. That is why caller is making the call to reach out to someone for help. Even though caller’s brother admits that it would be a struggle, the recent loss of his father made him realize that this is not how he wants to spend the rest of his life. Caller’s brother was quoted as having said, “I don’t know that I have anything else to lose and I need rehab to get my life back.” Discussed the options available and determined that with current meth use, biophysical detoxification combined with inpatient treatment may be one of the few options that would not only be successful, but also medically safe.
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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.