Caller: 23-year old man calling on behalf of his girlfriend
Problem: Alcohol abuse
Seeking: Alternative alcohol rehab options
Reason(s): The man says that his girlfriend is the prototypical ‘party girl’ but has problems with alcohol addiction. He states, “Me and my girl have been together for nine months or so. She is always the life of the party, fun to be around, always social and people are always telling me how lucky I am to have someone so outgoing. However, what most people fail to realize is that most of the time, she is drunk off her [expletive] when she meets people and does not remember them the next day. They call me lucky, but they do not experience my mornings where I have to clean vomit off my toilet seat.” The caller first realized that his significant other might have a problem when she became verbally abusive during a weekend get-together in a dry county. The man states that she became frustrated and ended up driving out of the county to get something to drink. He states that she came back happy as though nothing happened once she found alcohol. The caller said, “I know it might be easier on me just to get out of this relationship of only nine months. I do care about her a great deal though and I would not want to see any harm come to her.” He wants specific information on alcohol rehabilitation options that are not the usual 12 step programs.
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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.