College Student Abusing Vicodin Seeks Alternative Treatment...
Caller: Concerned Roommate for 20 year old female student
Problem: Opiate addiction; painkiller addiction
Seeking: Confidential alternative treatment options
Reason(s): College roommate called, worried about the roommate’s recent history of not attending class and staying in bed most of the day. But also seriously worried about roommate’s physical wellbeing and afraid that permanent damage could become a serious factor. Caller stated that the roommate has not attended class in days and is worried an overdose on Vicodin may be imminent. Caller is not only worried about her roommate’s physical and mental wellbeing but also realizes that the financial wellbeing of the student is becoming a serious issue. Her roommate is spending a great deal of tuition money on Vicodin being bought without a prescription. The roommate was originally prescribed the pain medication for wisdom teeth being pulled; however, she quickly started using pain meds recreationally. She later transitioned from recreational use to full-on abuse which now includes other forms of painkillers and opiates. After speaking with the roommate, the caller learned that previous traditional outpatient drug treatment was tried and unsuccessful, and led to roommate relapsing quickly thereafter. Roommate has indicated a desire to get better but seems to be out of ideas as to what alternatives may be available. Roommate has stated very clearly to the caller that traditional “shame therapy” is not going to be an option worth exploring. At this time, family is unaware of the problem due to roommate attending an out-of-state university and is afraid of what they would do if they find out. Roommate is very emphatic that she does not want her family to know about her struggles with drugs and therefore rejects caller’s willingness to reach out to family for 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.