Reason(s): The father is seeking a non-traditional treatment program with immediate availability for his son’s OxyContin addiction. According to the dad, his son started using the prescription medication to ‘take the edge off’ after school, but has been unable to keep his use merely recreational. He realizes that his son was in deep financial trouble after he found that his son’s bank account was almost empty after numerous withdrawals. He says that the OxyContin is one thing, but he is increasingly worried that the use of this opiate is going to lead to the use of other substances down the road. He said, “One of the first things I did when I found out what the issue was is look up information online – I was not going to address the issue with him until I had some information about that stuff. When I found that more and more people are turning to heroin because they can’t afford OxyContin, my heart almost sank.” He said that he wants to get his son help right away and does not care if they have to send him out of the state to receive qualified, professional drug treatment. He said that both he and his wife agree that something needs to change immediately, even if it means tapping into the retirement fund a little early.
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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.