Man Concerned About Father’s Vicodin Dependence...
Caller: 42-year old man calling on behalf of his dad
Problem: Vicodin addiction
Seeking: Long-term treatment options
Reason(s): Son is concerned that his father is relying on Vicodin in order to make it through the day; he is concerned that years of working in construction have taken a toll on his father’s body. He is especially concerned about the fact that his dad is constantly taking more and more Vicodin and dismissing any worries about the drug use with ‘you do not feel what I feel’. He said, “My dad has been retired for a few years now – early retirement even. Unfortunately, the years he put in on construction sites, working long hours, in addition to poor posture have cost him a great deal. I know he is struggling when he gets out of bed in the morning. However, he is constantly taking more Vicodin than prescribed and buys some from people he does not even know. He gets it from people he meets on an online forum. Especially considering that he also consumes a lot of beer to ‘wash them down’; I am starting to become worried that he might have an issue with dependence.” The son wants to know what possible treatment options might be available, what the associated costs are, and what the immediate availability would be for a long-term treatment program.
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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.