Man Seeks Help For Uncle’s Methamphetamine Addiction...
Caller: 25-year old man calling on behalf of his uncle
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Treatment options in a non 12 step rehab center
Reason(s): Man wants to plan drug rehabilitation for his uncle who has been dependent on methamphetamine for more than four years. He states that he wants to help his uncle make a positive step, but is unsure about all the different options. He fears that the continued use has grown worse over the last few years and describes his uncle as ‘ghastly looking’. He said, “he had been arrested for small crimes before, that are directly related to his drug use, I think the last charge was shoplifting. The problem is that one of his so called friends either bails him out or the sentence is just not long enough to force him to get clean”. He admits that he is tempted to leave his uncle to his own devices but does not want to turn his back on family. He is wanting to find out more about the available options before he makes a choice but he does know he wants something more ‘concrete’ than the traditional 12-step method. He says, “I want to make sure that if he goes somewhere, they have the evidence to back up their claims. In other words, I need to make sure that if we help him, it is going to work.”
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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.