Caller Needs Information To Help Roommate Dealing...
Caller: Female calling for her 30-year-old female roommate
Problem: Crack cocaine addiction
Seeking: Rehab options that are non-traditional, non-12 step
Reason(s): Caller wants to discuss the situation with her current roommate and wonders if there is anything that she could do for her. She found out quite recently that her roommate smokes crack cocaine throughout the day. The only reason the she found out is that the caller recently changed her shift at her nursing job. The caller states that her roommate has brought several men over at different hours of the night and is wondering whether her roommate may be funding her habit through prostitution. While she certainly has her suspicions, she says that she has not felt comfortable discussing that particular aspect with her roommate. After confronting her about the crack cocaine, she said that her roommate admitted that she does not have any ‘real friends’ and has stopped talking to her family. The roommate stated that she knows that she has to find a way to quit but also states that if she does not use at least once every day she gets very ill and lies in bed shivering. After speaking with the roommate, the caller established that woman has even tried a traditional 12-step program before but it did not help her in the slightest. The caller feels this is another reason that she may be hesitant to try another rehab and that maybe an alternative option might convince her.
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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.