Caller: Fiancé calling on behalf of 46-year-old male
Problem: Started with pain killers now transitioned to several bags of heroin daily
Seeking: Long-term non-religious rehab that includes a biophysical detox
Reason(s): The fiancé is considering calling off the wedding and separating from this man if he does not find help for his addiction. However, she is willing to offer her support while he tries to get clean this one time. The transition was made from painkillers to heroin approximately nine months ago. Ever since the initial experiments with heroin, the daily amount has been increasing. After doing the research about heroin addiction online, she understands that the craving for heroin is not gone after a few days of being sober. She understands and emphasizes the need for detox protocols and biophysical drug rehab. She has made it very clear that she does not want future relapses or excuses that could lead to it. He refuses to attend any type of traditional 12-step rehab facility. She says the reason behind that is the fact that he went through A.A. in his early thirties. In her words: “as a devout atheist he does not believe that he should wallow in his own self-hatred or be forced to believe something just to be handed the tools to get better – no deity is going to help him, he needs to do it himself.” She made it very clear that she does not care where in the country they would need to go as long as it provides him with the best shot of long-term rehab.
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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.