Caller: 46-year old woman calling on behalf of her husband
Problem: Opiate pain medication addiction
Seeking: Recovery program for opiate addiction
Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her husband’s pain medication use that started after he suffered an accident has become something a bit more serious. She says that her husband broke his leg in three different places in an accident at work. She said that she knows her husband must have been in a lot of pain, considering that the surgeons made this aspect perfectly clear to her, but she believes that her husband is liberally using these pain medications and the doctor is enabling the use. The wife said, “I realize that he is in a lot of pain, but it is getting to the point where he is running out of his medication faster and faster and I have caught him calling different pharmacies to see if it is possible for them to fill another prescription. One of the reasons I found out is because he is in a daze most of the time. Because of his injury, I am the one that is constantly running around going to different places to pick up his pain medication.” She is worried that her husband is also searching for prescription medication online, something that their browser history would indicate. The woman said that she wants to find a location that can help her husband recover physically while also treating his issues with opiate dependence.
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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.