Man Concerned About Friend Self-Medicating After Shoulder...
Caller: 27-year old man, calling on behalf of his friend
Problem: Prescription opioid addiction
Seeking: Rehab program that has instant availability with possible intervention
Reason(s): The man is seeking immediate rehabilitation options for his friend who is struggling with an opiate addiction. The man is worried his friend may not be able to continue living the same destructive lifestyle much longer. He says that his friend received opioid painkillers after suffering an injury to his shoulder. He also said, “When he first got these medications, he was very careful when it came to using them. He would even refuse to drink a beer when watching football and his girlfriend said he would refuse to drink wine during dinner. However, that all went out the window when he accidentally took two instead of one.” The caller said that the euphoric sensations might have been enough to get his friend to keep trying more of the same substance. According to the man, his friend refuses to talk to both him and his longtime girlfriend about possible issues with addiction. He is concerned that his friend is going to continue taking more and more of the same medication and the friend’s girlfriend says that there are days that he is just ‘knocked out’ after 4 PM. He said, “I am very concerned about what is going to happen to him. Worse yet, it seems that everyone around him can see that something is wrong, but he is unable to do so”. He wants to find a rehabilitation program that has instant availability and would like to know more about staging an intervention to confront the friend with his drug abuse.
One Response to “Man Concerned About Friend Self-Medicating After Shoulder Injury”
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.