Caller Seeking Treatment Options For Brother With...
Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of 24-year old brother
Problem: Vicodin addiction
Seeking: Treatment options that would get brother off drugs completely
Reason(s): The caller is worried about the recent behavior of his brother, referring to it as ‘reckless and stupid.’ After breaking his collarbone in a car accident, his brother was prescribed Vicodin to relieve the immediate pain because of the trauma. However, he said that his brother started using the drug in a recreational manner after two weeks of taking the opiate as prescribed, even going as far as to break down the Vicodin into powder form and snorting it to receive a more powerful sensation. The caller is worried that his brother will have problems with both his finances and his health. Because the prescription for Vicodin ran out, he said that his brother has started buying the medication from his friends and acquaintances that have long-term prescriptions for the drug. However, these pills come at a much greater cost, to the point that they have cut into his ability to pay for other expenses. It has come to the point where his brother’s cell phone service was interrupted after failing to pay on time. After looking up the health risks associated with abusing opiates, he is also worried that his brother may be doing long-term damage to his health as well. The caller is interested in learning more about possible treatment options that would allow his brother to focus on a complete recovery.
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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.