Caller: 25-year old man calling on behalf of his sister
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient treatment
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his sister’s boyfriend is actively getting her addicted to heroin. He said that his sister’s boyfriend struggles with a dependence on heroin, and actively wants her to share that part of his life with him. He said, “I know that she is responsible for her own actions, but she ultimately has been hounded by him to keep trying it. I know that she told me that he had told her that it was not as addictive as people are making it out to be.” He said that his sister finally relented and tried heroin. The man said that what started as smoking it once or twice on a Saturday evening has now become a long-term problem with her using several times throughout the day to maintain the high. He said, “Honestly, this is a situation where I do not feel that anything is going to get better unless we get her away from him and we get her off the drug.” He wants to know what he can do to enable her to get clean. He wants to get her away from her current environment and get her away from the heroin. The brother wants a long-term inpatient treatment to help her find her way back from this nightmare relationship.
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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.