Caller: 32-year-old woman calling about female friend
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Inpatient treatment options
Reason(s): Woman is asking for possible treatment options for her friend who has struggled with an addiction to cocaine for the past few years. She said that her friend is currently sleeping on her couch after her friend’s husband kicked her out of the house because of the problem with addiction. According to the caller, the husband had enough of the negative influence around their children and decided to remove her friend from the house after requests to seek treatment fell on deaf ears. Even though caller feels that her friend may be devastated now, it might be the right time for her to make a change. Caller said, “Her husband has already said that he would not take her back if she used and for the past few days it seems that slowly but surely she is coming to the realization that this drug is costing her everything. She is getting the fact that he is not going to call her up and tell her to come back, I honestly think that though it is painful to watch, this might be rock bottom for her and she is finally ready to make a change”. The possibility of inpatient treatment was discussed with the caller that would allow weekend visits for family members, if desired.
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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.