Caller: 54-year old man calling on behalf of cousin
Problem: Alcohol Addiction
Seeking: Non-faith based treatment program
Reason(s): The man is worried that his cousin may be having problems with alcohol addiction. He had previously believed that his cousin simply liked to drink, but has only recently found that there might be a problem with substance abuse. He said, “It is easy to dismiss someone having a few beers and then falling asleep. It is a whole lot harder to dismiss someone telling you that they have to leave to go somewhere at 2 in the morning because they have nothing more to drink”. He said that he realized that his cousin was struggling with alcohol dependence when they were living together for a week because of a renovation project. He admits that he ignored the issue at first…but only recently found that it was something that he could not overlook any longer. The caller said, “I know alcohol is legal, but that does not mean that he should rely on it as a crutch. If he was shooting heroin or snorting coke, people would think he has a problem. I cannot overlook the issue just because alcohol happens to be legal.” He wants to find a treatment program that does not rely on God or a Higher Power, primarily due to his cousin being an atheist.
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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.