Elderly Aunt Abusing Benzodiazepine – Possible Health...
Caller: Nephew calling on behalf of aunt
Problem: Benzodiazepine addiction
Seeking: Treatment options for elderly
Reason(s): Nephew is calling on behalf of his elderly aunt that he believes is struggling with an addiction to benzodiazepine. The caller is worried that what used to be prescription medication, turned into recreational use, which the caller believes has turned into a full-blown addiction. The nephew is also worried that his aunt may be leaving herself open to legal problems because of her use. He says, “The last time that she came home after her doctor’s visit, she was on so many different types of medication that she actually needed a shopping bag to carry all those bottles with her.” According to him, his aunt also attempts to hide this inappropriate prescription drug usage by trying to obtain numerous prescriptions for benzodiazepine by visiting several physicians. According to the nephew, the nursing staff uses such heavy rotation that no one would even know if something were out of the ordinary. The caller said, “I know she is an adult, and I know she is actively doing this herself, but if I am the only person that knows about this or at the very least recognizes it, I would feel horrible if I could have done something differently.” He is interested in learning more about treatment options that are designed for elderly patients. Referred the nephew to a treatment facility within the desired proximity and have scheduled a follow-up call later in the week.
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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.