Caller: 29-year old male calling on behalf of a friend
Problem: Xanax addiction
Seeking: Long-term, inpatient rehab options with possible intervention
Reason(s): The man is worried that one of his friends has started to rely heavily on Xanax in order to provide ‘relief’ throughout the week. He states that his friend was never diagnosed with anxiety or anything else that might lead to the prescription of Xanax. He also said that his friend admits to using Xanax to ‘unwind after a stressful day’ or to ‘unwind to get away from all the crazy’. The man said, “I know that Xanax can be extremely dangerous when abused, especially if you do not have a prescription and do not know when you will have access to it again. I know that people have killed themselves due to depression, coming off of it. I want to know what, if anything, I am able to do to offer him some immediate relief and how we should address this entire issue.” He wants to find professional guidance because he has read about the severe withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax abuse. He agrees that finding a long-term, inpatient rehab option might be better, especially because there are clear underlying issues that led to the initial drug use.
One Response to “Man Seeks Help For Friend With Xanax Dependence”
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.