Caller: 21-year old man calling on behalf of his friend
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Alcohol addiction treatment with possible interventionist
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his friend is developing an issue with alcohol addiction. He admits that drinking is considered ‘part of college life’ but he believes that his friend has crossed the boundary of ‘casual drinker’ and now depends on alcohol to get through the day. He said, “At first you just start noticing that your buddy really drinks a lot at parties. Then you start to notice that he is drinking a beer when everyone else is just sitting around playing X-Box. Then you realize that when you go out to get pizza and everyone else is having soda, he is drinking beer again. It is becoming painfully obvious that he is drinking more than everyone else around him.” He also said that he tried to confront his friend about his behavior, but the friend would shut down completely and refuse to address the issue. After having several friends confront him, the man said that his friend finally admitted to the fact that maybe he likes to drink, but he does not think it is anyone’s business. He said, “I just want to be able to find a way to help him. Considering he is 21 and has his own money, we can’t physically stop him from having a drink, so we need to find some other way …”
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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.