Caller: 22-year old man calling on behalf of his brother
Problem: Crystal meth, heroin and various other drug addictions
Seeking: Inpatient long-term rehab facility
Reason(s): The man is worried that his brother is falling into the same trap that his stepfather did. He said that his step-dad was a heroin addict who would leave the family for weeks on end, only to come back when more money was needed to support his heroin addiction. He said, “While both me and my brother resented my mother for taking my step-dad back each time and not doing what she should to protect us from that environment, we dealt with it in different ways. I decided that I was going to put distance between us, to make something of my life. To make sure that I really stuck it to them. However, my brother decided to drown his sorrows with drugs and alcohol.” He suggests that his brother has been experimenting with drugs and alcohol since age 13. He is worried that his brother has started to fall into the ‘I will try anything’ category and readily admits to having tried heroin and crystal meth. The man said, “I do not know how, but so far he has been lucky enough to avoid jail time or serious negative consequences. I do not know if there is one particular drug that he is dependent on or whether he is just addicted to the idea of not feeling anything. The one thing I do know is that if I do not do something now, nothing is likely to change.”
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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.