Seeking: Holistic / biophysical inpatient treatment for prescription medication addiction
Reason(s): Father called about son that abuses opiates in pill form. In recent months, son has not only lost his job but also saw the relationship with long-time girlfriend end. Father is worried about jail time because of illegal substances or “inevitable overdose.” Father is also worried that the son may be using heroin but cannot be sure. Original addiction began with pain medication for legitimate reasons, but transitioned into abusing illegal prescriptions. Father feels that biophysical detox facility may be the only treatment that may help his son considering that traditional treatments as attempted in the past have failed and only led to a relapse and the abuse of opiates to become more severe. Son has stated on multiple occasions that he not only understands the need for treatment but also wants to stop abusing opiates. However, the constant physical cravings for opiates lead to a continuous relapse even when the desire to stop is very much present. After doing research, father realizes that a biophysical drug rehab can remove the residue from his son’s system and ultimately lower the chances of an eventual relapse down the road. Son has stated that he does not want to feel like a victim and wants to be responsible for his own problems. Therefore AA based group therapy is not an option.
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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.