Caller: 46-year old man calling on behalf of his wife
Problem: Percocet and Lortab addiction
Seeking: Addiction treatment options with possible interventionist
Reason(s): The man says that his wife began abusing pills recreationally. With two young children and the household to worry about, he says that his wife started taking medication to ‘unwind’ and make her into a fun mom, a happy wife, and a good friend to people around her. He also said his wife had apparently tried to stop using on her own, but the withdrawals had been brutal and she relapsed rather quickly. He admitted that he did not notice much until the escalating drug dependence led to serious financial issues. He said, “It is horrible watching someone that you love struggle with drug addiction. The first thing that you want to do is not believe it, you do not want to believe that someone that you see every day could have a drug problem.” After discussing it with several friends, he said that he started to become suspicious and began seeing more worrisome behavior. “I started to realize that certain things just were not…OK…like how she was acting on the weekends; it was just really strange to see. Eventually I confronted her and she admitted it rather easily.” He realizes that something needs to change, but is unsure what needs to be done. “I realize that she needs help, I realize that we need to change something or she is never going to be better – the question has to be what steps must be taken now.”
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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.