Caller: 40-year-old father calling on behalf of his teenage son
Problem: Xanax addiction
Seeking: Inpatient treatment options
Reason(s): The dad was hesitant to discuss the situation at first. According to him, his son has been using Xanax without having been prescribed the drug. He found several empty tabs that had ‘Alprazolam’ written on them. After looking up what the drug is used for on the Internet and confronting his son, the father found out that his son had been self-medicating, undiagnosed anxiety. The father said his son broke down and admitted to using the prescription medication. “He kept repeating that he did not know what else to do. He said he tried drinking alcohol, which was already a shocker to hear to be honest, but he said nothing worked as well as using Xanax. He has mixed feelings about his son’s addiction. “I know that he should not be using prescription drugs, let alone, abusing it. However, I also looked up the problems that he could have if we just told him to stop using cold turkey. Even though it may be a worst-case scenario, it is still scary to hear that your kid might start having seizures because he is not getting his medication.” Discussed possible treatment options with the caller, including an out-of-state treatment facility that is specifically geared towards patients that are struggling with prescription drug addiction.
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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.