Caller: 26-year-old-man on behalf of 19-year-old-buddy
Problem: Addiction to heroin and other drugs
Seeking: Treatment options before it is too late
Reason(s): Caller is asking about possible treatment options for one of his friends. According to the caller, both parents of his friend have said that they don’t care what he does because “they are sick and tired of looking after him.'” After talking to his friend he realizes that his buddy started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at age 12. He states that his friend freely admits to trying cocaine and other things before, but that “heroin is out of this world.” Caller says he is aware that his friend has been selling drugs in order to support his own heroin habit. He realizes that because his friend is of age there is little his parents can do (even if they were inclined to do so) but he wants to know how to provide options other than abusing heroin. Caller stated, “The last thing I want is to see a 19 yr. old kid end up in prison for almost as long as he has been alive. But that is the way it is going to be, or worse, if he keeps on living this reckless life.”We Discussed possible option of biophysical detoxification along with inpatient treatment with the him because of the risk of complications arising with heroin withdrawal.
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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.