Daughter Calling On Behalf Of Father Struggling...
Caller: 24-year-old female calling on behalf of 55-year-old father
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Biophysical detox at an inpatient facility
Reason(s): A 24-year-old female calls about potential rehab possibilities for her 55-year-old father. The caller states that ever since her mother (his wife) passed away due to cancer, her father has gradually withdrawn from interacting with others around him and started experimenting with different types of controlled substances. Having become very lonely, the caller said that one of the few drugs that her father stated “numbed the pain” was methamphetamine. The daughter is not only worried about the long-term health problems that may result because of methamphetamine use, but she is also concerned about the fact that her father has been unable to keep a regular schedule because of his drug use. She states that he has already lost several days’ worth of pay due to being late or simply not showing up at all and believes the next step is unemployment. She understands the dangers involved with methamphetamine (she mentioned a popular television show that illustrated the dangerous aspects of the drug to her) and she is worried that if she does not undertake action sooner rather than later, it may be next to impossible to convince her father to stop using methamphetamine at all. She asks specifically about biophysical detoxification in an inpatient setting because she believes that this may be the best place for her father to be right now.
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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."
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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.