Man Worried About His Friend’s Heroin Addiction...
Caller: 38-year old man calling on behalf of a friend
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Long-term treatment options, with possible payment plan
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his friend is struggling with a heroin addiction that might continue to become even more serious as time goes on. He said that his friend started abusing heroin once the abusable form of Oxycodone became too expensive to buy. He also said, “We realized that he had issues, but most people for some reason turn a blind eye when it is about abusing prescription medication, even if he is using them like breath mints. However, when we heard through the grapevine that he was actually abusing heroin, we came to the conclusion that something needed to change and it needed to change fast.” The man said that a few friends came together and discussed the situation. After doing research online, they realized that having a long-term treatment option available would be the best thing to do before engaging in a confrontation. The man said that they also realize that it might cost some money at first, but if there were a payment plan option, they would be willing to pool some money together for an initial down payment. They are currently seeking a long-term treatment option with alternative options that allow for a payment plan or works on a sliding scale system.
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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.