Caller: 45-year-old mother for her 18-year old son
Problem: Addiction to spice (synthetic marijuana)
Seeking: Inpatient treatment program
Reason(s): Mother is seeking help in dealing with her son’s continued use of ‘spice’, a form of synthetic marijuana. The caller said she believes her son is becoming increasingly dependent on the substance and she wants help doing something about it. The mother stated “At first, when I saw those shredded plant materials I thought it was something along the line of those hookahs, you know those hookah bars that kids go to in order to taste all the different flavors of tobacco? He had smoked cigarettes for years so we thought it was just that. All these little packets had innocent enough names that sounded more cute than dangerous.” According to the caller, it was not until she saw a special report on daytime television discussing the potential abuse of the substance that made her look a little deeper into what her son was actually using. The caller said, “I did some searching on the Internet and I realized that this was something a lot more sinister. I would like some information on how to best address the problem with him, inform my husband about the problem that is happening right now, and how we could go about finding a treatment program that would take him in”.
One Response to “Woman’s Son Has A Possible Addiction To Synthetic Marijuana”
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.