Seeking: Long term rehab, Non 12 step rehab for opiate addiction
Reason(s): The caller said his brother has been repeatedly put before this judge for stealing from malls and returning the items for cash or taking them to pawn shops to support his daily heroin addiction. He started with pain pills but can only afford heroin now. The DA wanted a sentence of 18 months in jail; but the judge has agreed to allow the family to send him to a long term treatment center that is a non 12 step based program, due to their much higher success rates. There is nothing in his state that fits this criteria so the judge has given approval for him to leave the state if a reputable program can be found and submitted to the courts. Traditional rehab (12 step / 28 day programs) have failed him in the past and will not be approved by the judge.
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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.