Caller: 32-year old man calling on behalf of his brother
Problem: Addiction to opiate painkillers
Seeking: Alternative long-term inpatient treatment program
Reason(s): The man is worried that his brother is abusing prescription opiate medication. He states that his brother has managed to lose his job, lost a relationship with a significant other, managed to alienate friends, and may even have dodged legal trouble because of his dependence. He is not only worried about legal and financial ramifications, but he is perhaps even more worried about what he calls an ‘inevitable overdose on opiates’. He states, “My brother already attended treatment programs before, the traditional 12-step stuff does not appear to have done much of anything. I remember that when he started there, he was very positive and could not wait to try to get better. However, after only one or two meetings he came back and said that they were not giving him anything to work with, nothing concrete he could apply.” The man says that his brother struggled with cravings for the opiate painkillers even after being 30 days sober. He says that he did some research on his own and said that he read on WebMD that opiates tend to linger in the fat cells for a prolonged period of time. He wants to find a treatment method that addresses this concern and does not believe that the traditional treatment methods are an option anymore.
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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.