Seeking: Inpatient treatment with possible interventionist
Reason(s): The father is worried about his son who appears to be struggling with alcohol dependence. He states that when his long-time live-in son was first leaving home to move in with a woman he met online, he thought it might actually help his self-confidence and make him a better person. He is now worried that the opposite is happening. The dad said, “He is drinking more than he ever did. There will be periods that he just does not answer the phone, either his cell phone or the landline, and his son later claims that it must have been an issue with the connection.” According to the dad, his son’s girlfriend may be encouraging or at least enabling the behavior. He wants to know how to approach the subject and whether this is a step that he could take himself or that he would need a professional interventionist for addressing the issue. He said, “I want him to get the help that he needs and maybe get out of a negative relationship. As a parent you always want to do right by your kids, regardless of how old they are.” He wants to learn about possible inpatient treatment facilities that would not allow visitation in the first few weeks to ensure focus on the program.
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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.