Caller: 38-year old man calling on behalf of his teenage cousin
Problem: Opiate painkiller addiction
Seeking: Long-term, patient facility
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his cousin is not only struggling with opiate dependence, but is also becoming involved with a ‘pill mill’ pain clinic. He believes that his cousin has begun abusing prescription medication out of boredom and does not realize just how dangerous the risk of overdose and other health problems can be. He said, “And now he is at one of those pain clinics, the type of place that will give you whatever you want as long as you say the right words – funny thing is that they will tell you or at least guide you into saying the right words. I am really concerned that one of these days, he is going to take too much, be alone in his room, and the next thing you know I am attending his funeral rather than making this call.” The man not only wants to know what he can do to help his cousin escape the clutches of dependence with some recommendations of a couple of long-term, inpatient treatment centers, but would also like to know if there is anything that he could do to have state and local officials look into this alleged ‘pill mill’ facility.
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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.