Daughter Abusing Prescription Medication And Alcohol...
Caller: 47-year old mother calling on behalf of 22-year old daughter
Problem: Daughter is mixing pain medication and alcohol
Seeking: Inpatient treatment
Reason(s): Caller is worried about her daughter’s drug and alcohol use. She said “Look, I know she is 22, I know she is an adult, but that is still my child and she always will be, the last thing I want to do is go over there one day when she does not answer the phone and walk in on her face down on the ground. I just need to know what I can do for her and what her options are before I beg her to stop.” Her daughter has started using prescription pain medication (that is not prescribed for her) and mixing it with alcohol in order to generate a ‘cheaper, faster buzz’. the mom said, “look, I do not know much about prescription drugs and whatnot but I know that if Tylenol and alcohol are not good for you when you take them together, there is no way that a stronger prescription medication and alcohol is going to be a good mix for you.” She asked about the possibility of inpatient treatment because “I have heard good things about it and I work full time, I can’t be responsible to keep an eye on her all throughout the day.” Suggested three potential inpatient treatment facilities within a 50-mile radius.
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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.