Caller: 45-year old man calling on behalf of 39-year old brother
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: An intervention and drug treatment program for heroin
Reason(s): The brother states that his younger brother is struggling with a heroin addiction and he needs information about a possible intervention. He also wants to know what drug rehabilitation facilities near him would work with his insurance. The man states that his brother has been struggling with his heroin addiction for more than a decade and despite several near overdoses, has continued to use throughout all this time. He said, “Me and my brother are not the typical people you would expect to be addicted. My dad did not beat me, I am not depressed and we are not poor. He just did it because he likes it. Now that he does not like it anymore and he cries about his addiction, he can’t stop himself. I want to tell him to go to hell because I think that the stress he put on my parents in their final days might have killed them. However, my wife told me the other day that those thoughts are not exactly in line with our beliefs. I want to know what – if anything – I can do to help him.” He wants some details that relates to addiction and intervention to get his brother into rehab.
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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.