Former College Student Using Methamphetamine Daily –...
Caller: Cousin to 24-year-old man
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction, daily user
Seeking: Long-term non-traditional meth treatment
Reason(s): Cousin called on behalf of a 24-year old man that has been addicted to methamphetamine for three years and has become a daily user. The cousin is worried about the male getting little to no nutrition and hardly any sleep. She stated that the 24-year old has been arrested for stealing and shoplifting but nothing legally irreversible so far. However, he is currently serving probation for the theft conviction. Cousin is torn between giving up and letting the male go to jail or trying desperately for rehab one more time. Because of the difficulties involved with giving up meth, the cousin understands and seeks non-traditional rehabilitation and wants to learn more about what how that would work. She also wanted to learn more about biophysical detoxification as an alternative treatment for what is offered in the traditional forms of therapy. Male used to attend college but has since dropped out and is considered financially destitute. The family is currently aware of the meth addiction and as the caller put it “decided to give up on him for their own sanity.” Because of that, cousin also made it clear that long-term treatment is the only viable alternative because being given up on by his family led to more psychological trauma. At this point, the male seems open to treatment but cousin states this cannot be guaranteed.
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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.