Caller: 28-year old man calling on behalf of his wife
Problem: Ritalin addiction
Seeking: Long term treatment program
Reason(s): The man is worried that his wife is struggling with a Ritalin addiction. He is wondering whether the relationship he has with his wife is salvageable or whether he should cut his ties and leave before the couple has any children. He said that his wife received Ritalin from a friend to help her throughout the day. He said, “She complained to her friend that she got tired of doing the housework, that it was taking too long and that she felt tired afterwards. Of course her friend could not suggest a spa day or to get her blood tested for iron deficiency, no…she gave her Ritalin.” He said that his wife struggled with cocaine addiction years ago and the use of Ritalin may have triggered some of those same feelings before. He said, “I realize that she has been sober for a long time, but I have also heard people refer to Ritalin as the ‘poor man’s cocaine’. This makes me worried that she might be setting herself up for a relapse to cocaine in time.” He understands that short-term treatment may be more affordable, but especially considering his wife’s previous addiction to a similar substance, would prefer to have long-term treatment. He realizes that it is not just the immediate cravings that need to be addressed but also the underlying aspect of self-medicating.
One Response to “Man Worried About His Wife’s Dependence On Ritalin”
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.