Caller: 24-year old man calling on behalf of his friend
Problem: Cocaine habit
Seeking: Interventionist for friend
Reason(s): The caller is concerned that his friend’s new relationship could be what is going to push him into a cocaine overdose and could lose his employment. The caller stated that his friend uses coke on the weekends, saying, “I am not going to condone cocaine use, but the guy is an adult. So when he decides that he wants to party on the weekend, I am not about to tell him that he can’t”. The caller is concerned because the new relationship of his friend is with someone who has a long-term coke habit. Caller said “It is becoming painfully obvious that he is developing a coke habit himself, what he did on the weekend now pales in comparison to what he will do on an average Wednesday”. The caller is concerned that his friend’s long-term health could be impacted but also worried that his friend will be fired for drug use. The caller states, “He works for the local government, so I have no doubt that he will be drug tested eventually. However, when I bring that up, he just tells me that I need to stop worrying so much. I know that if he loses his job it might just make things worse.” He has decided to speak with a professional interventionist regarding his friend.
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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.