Caller: 24-year-old husband calling on behalf of 22-year-old wife
Problem: Alcoholic and marijuana addiction
Seeking: Alternative to traditional 12 step rehab
Reason(s): Caller is requesting information on what the best course of action might be for his 22-year-old wife. The couple has a child together, and caller states that this is one of the only reasons that both he and his wife are still together. Caller says that he knows that his wife has been through the 12-step meetings before and states he is 99.9% positive that she did not use alcohol or do drugs during her pregnancy. Caller states that on the road to recovery, it seems that she has gotten complacent. After giving birth, caller said that he had hopes that his wife would stop drinking and doing drugs. He had hoped that becoming a mother would make her more responsible. He admits that he is fed up with making excuses for her about what she might do or should be doing. He made it clear that he wants her to either seek treatment or realize that the relationship is ending. He had several questions about the nature of drug rehabilitation, making it extremely clear that he had no interest in dragging his wife to another traditional 12-step program again. Caller said “She needs to realize that we can either be a family or not, but the truth is that there is a young child involved and we need to make sure we do what is best for her”.
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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.