Personal Trainer Worried About Coworker’s Cocaine Addiction...
Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of coworker
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Treatment options for cocaine
Reason(s): The man is concerned about one of his coworkers at a large gym who is having problems with a cocaine addiction. According to the man, the signs were relatively evident, he suggested that the coworker was constantly sniffling and had frequent nosebleeds as well. He said, “I do not know why exactly, but one day I just decided to ask her when we were alone – I decided to ask whether she was using drugs or not.” According to him, the coworker did confide that she struggled with cocaine dependence, suggesting that the illicit substance gave her more energy to work long hours and allowed her to stay in good physical shape while reducing her appetite. He said, “After talking to her after work it became clear that this is something that started as a booster but has become something that she can’t stop anymore. It is now something that has caused her to stay up for nights on end and then she crashes, so she misses work and other people have to cover for her. I know her family is across the country and I would hate for her to lose her job over something like this. I guess that I feel responsible somehow considering that she confided in me.” He is looking for treatment options available.
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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.