Reason(s): The man said that his uncle regularly struggles with anxiety and had been prescribed Valium about a year ago when other medications did not offer adequate relief. However, the man believes that his uncle is actively abusing the medication and finding ways to get more prescriptions. The man said, “He has made getting more of his prescription, into an entire routine. Because we only live about 45 minutes from the nearest state line, he has done his research and will get his prescription there first, then drive back home and get his prescription here. He is also trying to see if he can get a physician there, because that would allow him to get twice the dosage he is getting now.” The nephew believes that this is not behavior indicative of someone using medication properly, but rather suggests that his uncle might be struggling with addiction. He wants to know what the next step in the recovery process should be, whether to seek professional help first or whether to address the issue first. The nephew has asked for phone consultation with an intervention specialist to find out what the best course of action would be.
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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.