Caller: 54-year old man calling on behalf of his son
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient drug treatment options
Reason(s): A father recently heard from his son that he has been estranged from for the last three years. Even though he knew that something was wrong, he did not realize to what extent. The father said, “I heard back from my son recently, he managed to blow through all of his life savings that were supposed to go towards a college education that my wife and I spent years saving for. Apparently, he also managed to spend countless nights in jail for possession of drug paraphernalia.” The father said that his son is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction. According to him, his son tried to quit on his own several times. His son fell into a depressed state and experienced severe anxiety in addition to a constant craving for the drug. The father said, “I told him upfront that he was not staying in our house. He did too much damage to this family to call himself a part of it anymore. However, the truth is that he is our kid, and we feel responsible. What I am willing to do is help him get the help he needs. We are willing to spend money on that so he does not have to go through those worthless public facilities. He is ready to accept help, so we need to make sure to strike the iron while it is hot.”
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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.