Man Finds Roommate’s Heroin Syringes in Apartment...
Caller: 25-year old man calling on behalf of roommate
Problem: Heroin/prescription opioids addiction
Seeking: Heroin rehab treatment, possible interventionist
Reason(s): The man is concerned after finding syringes and other burn residue in the trash. He believes that his roommate has descended into intravenous heroin use, something that can be explained by his recent financial difficulties and an inability to purchase legal opioids on the black market. He believes that intravenous drug use is already indicative of a serious problem that needs to be addressed. He said, “I knew that he struggled with opioids before, the same type of stuff that you read about in the news. He was hooked on those pills, but he also admitted that he was unable to pay for that stuff anymore. Apparently there has been a massive price increase in that stuff in the last few years.” He believes that the syringes and heroin residue are obvious cries for help. “I might be wrong here, but I think that if he wanted to keep everything a secret, he could have done so.” He believes that leaving everything in plain sight was indicative of a cry for help. He wants to know whether it would be possible to stage an intervention and what the next steps should be when trying to help someone who is dealing with drug addiction.
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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.