Single Father Calling To Request Information About...
Caller: Father of 16-year-old daughter
Problem: Teenage daughter addicted to cocaine and opiates
Seeking: Inpatient treatment options
Reason(s): As a single parent, the father realizes that he cannot keep track of his daughter constantly. He stated that she finally admitted everything one night after he directly asked her whether she was abusing drugs. He asked because of a change in her behavior. The father said that his daughter admits that she started at a much younger age than her father expected, smoking marijuana at age 14. She gradually moved to other drugs and she admits to having heavily used both opiates and cocaine in the last six months. The father admits to not only being devastated but has no idea where to turn next. Because the father has a well-paying job, he stated that expenses would not be a problem and he expected that his insurance would pay for most of the costs. The father stated he was ok with pulling his child out of school if necessary and starting fresh another year simply to get her away from her current environment. The father says he took away the daughter’s cell phone and is debating whether he should provide it to the authorities. He is looking for a way to ensure that relapse is not a problem – when describing his needs, recommended two different inpatient treatment facilities that also have biophysical detoxification.
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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.