Reason(s): Father is concerned about his son and his current alcohol addiction. The dad states that after his son completed his college degree two years ago, he had a very hard time finding employment. The dad said, “It was simple, the people who were hiring in his field were looking for someone with more experience, while people who were not in his field felt he was overqualified. Simply put, I think it led to problems with self-worth.” According to him, while both he and his wife initially turned a blind eye, eventually the consistent abuse of alcohol was something they were unable to ignore any longer. They understood that their son was binge drinking and needed help. The caller states, “After having a conversation with him that lasted several hours, we finally got to the concept that he felt he did not belong, that he somehow made a mess of his life by heading to college and getting a college degree and then unable to get a job. I told him straightforward that this does not define him, what he does right now will define him.” The father made it clear that he wanted a recovery program that does not merely tell him what he did wrong, but also helps him deal with struggles in the future. He asked about the possibility of long-term inpatient alcohol recovery.
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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.