Caller: 26-year old man calling on behalf of his teenage cousin
Problem: Inhalants addiction
Seeking: Rehab treatment options for inhalants and possible intervention
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his younger cousin is actively abusing inhalants. He said that he came across a number of different objects in his cousin’s room when they were both playing Xbox. He said, “When we talked, it was almost like he was constantly out of it, sort of like his head weighed 100 pounds.” The man does admit that he did not put two and two together until he saw a few bottles that had vague titles on them, similar to what he had seen for sale at the local gas station. He said, “I do remember hearing a little bit about inhalant abuse on the news. However, I would have never guessed that a family member would actually have issues with that stuff.” The man admits that he has done some research online and knows about the potentially dangerous effects of inhalant abuse. He also realizes that addiction can be a serious issue, especially if the person struggling with addiction is a teenager. He would like to know how to proceed with the situation and what – if anything – he can do to help. He is looking into nearby treatment options needs a counselor to call back to discuss possible ways to discuss this with the parents.
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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.