Caller: 26-year old man calling on behalf of his best friend
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient recovery program for cocaine
Reason(s): Man is concerned about his best friend’s recent relationship. The caller believes that his friend may be spiraling into dependence because he is following his significant other down the same road. The man states that while his best friend has experimented with drugs and alcohol before, there has not been anything quite as severe in recent memory as what is happening now. The man said, “We knew that his new girlfriend has been arrested for possession not once but twice. We knew he used cocaine on the weekends and while we did not want to be associated with that or hang out with him when he was [expletive] high, it was not a big deal. However, she always manages to escalate everything.” The man suggests that since his friend met his girlfriend, his friend’s use has been getting progressively worse. The man states that what was once a weekend-use type situation has become a daily occurrence. The man said, “Just last weekend we were sitting around watching the game together, and his nose just starts bleeding out of nowhere. And I kid you not; he just acts like it is the most normal thing in the world. Like this happens to everyone.” The man wants to know what type of long-term inpatient recovery is possible for cocaine addiction. He would prefer an out-of-state program if they can convince his buddy to attend in order to get him away from his codependent other.
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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.