Caller: 21-year-old man calling on behalf of roommate
Problem: Erratic behavior from ‘bath salts’ – mephedrone
Seeking: Specialized mephedrone treatment center
Reason(s): Caller is worried about his roommate’s recent behavior and is desperate for advice. He states that his roommate has recently experimented with the substance commonly known as ‘bath salts’. According to the caller, “he would always smoke some weed and be alright, he’d be mellow but with these things, it just seems like it fried his brain.” The caller described his roommate as “erratic” and “going in and out of maniacal laughter and intense pain.” Even though the roommate is angry and scared of the behavior, he refuses to get law enforcement involved because he doesn’t want to risk his friend’s chances of employment. Even after he made it clear to his friend that he felt uncomfortable with him using that type of drug in the residence; the roommate told him that these bath salts were purchased over the counter and that the caller should “relax a little.” Considering the recent media attention that the drugs have gotten, the caller wants to see if there is anything that can be done for his roommate, especially considering that the drug is a relatively recent one. The caller was provided with the number of a drug treatment facility that has some experience in dealing with individuals abusing mephedrone.
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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.