Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of his friend
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Rehab options for meth and possible professional interventionist
Reason(s): Man is concerned that his friend’s recent behavior may have something to do with drug addiction. The caller said that his friend has become increasingly withdrawn over the course of the last few months and has consistently turned down attempts to socialize. The man stated, “We used to hang out together quite often, but he has recently started to really keep his distance from the group of friends we hang out with. He has hung out with a few sketchy guys and keeps acting as though we don’t understand him.” The man heard from other sources that their friend has become dependent on methamphetamine, something that according to the caller would explain the sudden weight loss that they have noticed. He said, “He was never a big guy, but he was certainly not skinny. He was never the type to wear a belt. The last time I saw him the only thing holding his pants up was his belt and he looked like he had not slept in days; had those dark circles under his eyes” The man wants more information about methamphetamine and wants to know what possible recovery facilities throughout the state would be able to treat a patient struggling with this type of addiction. He is also interested in learning more about having a professional interventionist speak to his friend and wants to know more about how that process would unfold.
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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.