Man Is Concerned About Boyfriend’s Cocaine Addiction...
Caller: 27-year old man calling on behalf of his boyfriend
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient drug rehab
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his significant other is struggling with cocaine addiction after a prolonged addiction to alcohol. He wants his partner to get immediate acceptance into a long-term, inpatient drug treatment program. He says his partner completed a 12-step program for alcohol addiction, but has since turned to cocaine. The caller said, “He entered into a program to appease me. He agreed to do AA and sure, he stopped drinking for a second. The problem is that just stopping alcohol abuse does nothing to treat his addictive personality. He is now addicted to cocaine which is just as, if not more dangerous and far more expensive than the alcohol. He knows that it is my way or the highway this time.” The man made it clear that he does not want a short-term program this time. He also said that it is important to him that private therapy sessions be available. He said, “I know him better than those people at AA, I know that he is not going to open up in front of a crowd. It is a stupid and useless system and I am not going to fall for it again. This time we are doing it my way and we are doing it right.”
One Response to “Man Is Concerned About Boyfriend’s Cocaine Addiction”
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.