Grandmother In Alaska Seeks Help For Grandchildren...
Caller: 69 year old woman, for 20 year old granddaughter & 22 year old grandson
Problem: Both are heroin addicts and also have oxycontin addiction
Seeking: Long term rehab; non 12 step drug rehab for opiate addiction
Reason(s): She wants a long term non disease based treatment and found out non twelve step rehabs provide this. Her husband just died from a heroin addiction (he was 70) and he used drugs with the grandchildren. She wants to make it right by doing whatever she can to save them from the same fate. She knows there is nothing like this in Alaska and wants to find the best long term rehab center in the lower 48. Although she is refinancing her home to do this, she can get them on a plane by tonight. She feels a non 12-step drug rehab program is the only sure way they will beat this after living in a family of drug addicts.
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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.