Caller: 33-year old man calling on behalf of uncle
Problem: Opiate addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient treatment
Reason(s): The man is worried that his uncle might be struggling with a serious addiction to opiates. He believes that his uncle is medicating himself in such a way that it may well cause detrimental effects in the long run. He believes that his uncle is actively abusing opioids after having been involved in a car accident several months ago. He said the following, “He was in a serious accident months ago; I realize that we need to make sure that he can function and not be in constant, crippling pain. I think that this is called pain management and I would not go against that at all when you have doctors who recommend it. However, when you start taking medication with alcohol because it makes you feel better, something is seriously wrong with that particular treatment.” He believes that his uncle is actively doctor shopping at a number of different places to ensure that he gets the medications that he needs. He stated, “He is lying to doctors about pain, and I think he is actively buying stuff online. That does not sound like someone who is struggling with serious pain; that sounds like someone who is dealing with addiction”. He wants to find immediate inpatient treatment that is able to help his uncle get off opiates for the long term.
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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.