Caller: 47-year old man calling regarding female friend
Problem: Addiction to prescription pain killers
Seeking: Possible intervention for long-term treatment options
Reason(s): A man is seeking advice on behalf of a friend who had enrolled in a long-term residential rehab program. According to the caller, the friend had completed three months out of a scheduled six-month stay. At that point, the friend needed surgery because of an injury to her left knee. While the surgery was supposed to fix a problem, it only made an existing problem worse. The caller’s friend started using prescription pain medication more frequently than prescribed after surgery and it quickly spiraled out of control. When one doctor refused to up the dosage, the caller said that his friend sought out other doctors to write pain medication prescriptions. Because the insurance company would only cover a certain number, the caller’s friend started finding ‘creative’ ways to come up with more money, including taking money from her own children. While the focus may have been on the knee, it was the initial issue with drug addiction that had once again reared its ugly head. The man said, “She knows it is wrong, she knows she is ruining her life but she is rationalizing it in ways that you can’t even begin to describe.” Caller is interested in setting up a potential intervention that may force the user to accept the fact that a problem exists.
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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.