Caller: 31-year old man calling on behalf of his cousin
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Inpatient rehab program with a biophysical detox treatment
Reason(s): The man is concerned that his cousin is experiencing serious problems that relate to heroin addiction. He is also concerned that his immediate family appears to be turning a blind eye and ignoring the situation for the time being. He said, “You remember all those stories about gateway drugs and how alcohol is bad for teens? Well I guess you can call [NAME] the exception to the rule. He only ever had a few beers here or there, never touched pot, and here he is struggling with heroin addiction. He started by inhaling it and now it seems he can’t stop at all.” He admits that his cousin seemed to function while abusing heroin for a long time. He managed to keep a part-time job and go to church on Sunday. However, the man is concerned that the increased need for more of the same drug has led to his cousin selling heroin along with using it. Something that might have long-term legal ramifications if he is ever caught. He said, “I know that his family feels let down. They are very structured, very religious. I think part of it is just them closing their eyes to the problem. Pretending that it does not exist. I know that he needs help. He does not need methadone and he does not need to be told that he is bad from a religious standpoint or to have the fear of God put in him. Remember, he came from a religious background and this is where he ended up.” We need to get this stuff out of his system.
One Response to “Man Is Concerned About Cousin’s Problem With Heroin Abuse”
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.