Caller: 36-year old man calling on behalf of his wife
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Long-term rehab treatment for cocaine addiction
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his wife is once again struggling with a cocaine addiction. He states that when he and his wife first met, she had been nine months sober. However, before they got married she confided in him and told him that she had struggled with cocaine addiction for a large period of her adult life. He said that he knows his wife has recently relapsed and is actively using large quantities of cocaine. He states, “She has been taking money from our joint account and trying to play it off as though nothing has happened, $100 here, $200 there – this stuff is apparently pretty expensive. I have found a little baggy that had minimal residue on it, not enough to where I could say for sure what it was – but I know her history.” He also said that she has become increasingly distant and protective of her personal space in recent times. The man said that before, the relationship was open and honest, but recently she has become guarded against basic questions such as ‘what are you doing’ or ‘where are you going’. He wanted to know more about possible rehab options before confronting his wife about her cocaine addiction.
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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.