Previous Programs For Son’s Cocaine Addiction Did...
Caller: 53-year old father on behalf of his son
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient treatment options
Reason(s): The caller is a dad who is seeking immediate inpatient drug treatment for his teenage son who is currently struggling with a cocaine dependency. According to the father, the son has struggled with a cocaine addiction for a while, but the previous attempted treatment did nothing to rectify the problem. The dad stated, “My ex-wife wanted to send him to one of those Church-sponsored programs, a combination of ‘scared straight’, finding Jesus and talking about sin. Well the program lasted all of a few weeks and he literally did nothing but talk in a group with other people, there weren’t even drug tests present so he just kept on using cocaine while he was attending.” The caller stated that he believes it is now time to take things seriously and resort to a professional treatment option. He said, “We have tried it her way, we have tried the religious approach and now it is time to let science do its work. I spent a lot of time online, browsing through WebMD and that sort of thing. I am not going to rely on faith to cure something that can actually alter the damn brain. I do not care if I have to get another mortgage on the house; we are doing it right this time. He is a teenager for crying out loud and should have his whole life ahead of him.” He is interested in a treatment facility that has a long term option and is willing to work with us on a payment plan basis.
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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.