Reason(s): The man is concerned about a friend who has had long-term struggles with methamphetamine addiction. After a recent relapse, the man is worried that his friend is going to have more issues down the road. He said, “He relapsed after going out drinking. The local high school that we both went to managed to win some stupid state championship and he was swept up in the euphoria. He started drinking, and for some reason, one thing led to another. He relapsed pretty heavily that day, but he has been using more ever since.” He is concerned that what could have been a one-time relapse has become a far more serious issue because his friend is not taking the situation seriously. He said, “I told him right away that he needed to get help, he said that because it happened once or twice does not mean that he needs help. I just think that this is the addiction talking rather than someone who has actually considered what is going on.” He wants to know if there is a way for him to get help, possibly even consider an intervention if that were to mean that his friend might get the necessary long term help he needs.
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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.