Caller: 49-year old father calling on behalf of his son
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Alternative rehab options, non 12 step rehab
Reason(s): The dad wants to find help on behalf of his son who is struggling with an addiction to heroin. According to the father, his son has not been able to hold down a job for more than three years now and currently has no form of income after the unemployment benefits stopped coming in as well. The dad states that his son is actively selling all of his possessions and might even be stealing from his parent’s home in order to be able to fuel his addiction. He is pretty sure that certain items have gone missing, but is unsure how to approach the situation without scaring his son or making him feel as though he is unwanted. The dad said, “We have talked about him trying a different form of treatment before, he tried the 12-step program before but that turned out to be a waste of time. He just sat there being miserable while everyone else just urged them to continue being OK. The fact is that you cannot overcome something so serious by sitting around in a circle and talking about your feelings – he needs something that will actually help find the cause.” He believes that his son’s acceptance of an initial 12-step program could be indicative of a desire to get better and live a sober life, but they need to find a more effective alternative treatment method; something that is not a 12 step group.
One Response to “Father Seeks Treatment For Son With Heroin Dependence”
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.