Caller: 34-year old man calling on behalf of his wife
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient treatment
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his wife is struggling with alcohol addiction in an attempt to make her life less mundane. He said that his wife was struggling with the concept that the couple would not be able to have children. Without a job, he says his wife started to drink rather heavily in order to make it through the days. He said, “You have to remember that my wife came here without anything, without friends, she moved here for my work, to be with me. Because of that, I think that the boredom started to overpower her. That is when she started to drink. I think that what started out rather harmless has become a serious issue that we now have to deal with – otherwise it is only going to spiral out of control even more.” He wants to know if there is something that he could do to get her out of the current situation. Considering that alcohol is such a widespread commodity, he understands that this is going to be more difficult than recovering from illicit substances that you cannot get at any gas station, restaurant or bar. He wants a long-term inpatient treatment center where she would be able to focus on recovering from alcohol dependence while simultaneously finding out what the underlying cause of her abusive behavior might be.
One Response to “Man Concerned That His Wife Might Be An Alcoholic”
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.