Caller: 56-Year-old man calling on behalf of his friend
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Information on biophysical detox programs, long-term rehab treatment
Reason(s): Caller said he is seeking help for his friend’s heroin addiction. Not only is his friend a life-long heroin addict, but may even need to have an arm amputated due to shooting up in the same area for so many years. The caller said his friend seems dejected and the friend has told him before, “I feel hopeless, as if there is nothing else for me to live for.” However, even in the realization that he is putting his body at risk, caller said his friend continues using drugs. Caller says that he is currently allowing his friend to sleep on his couch but only if he agrees to seek out serious treatment. The caller says that he recognizes the severity of his friend’s problem and realizes that he may only get one chance at recovery. Therefore, he would like to know more about biophysical detoxification. He specifically asked whether biophysical detoxification might be a successful treatment option when it comes to treating heroin addiction successfully and long-term treatment. Caller also requested additional information about payment options and whether insurance would cover treatment or if it would have to come out of pocket. Referred caller to two different facilities within a 50 mile radius of his current location that both specialize in dealing with biophysical detoxification and heroin addiction.
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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.