Concerned Mother Seeking Help For Her Daughter’s...
Caller: Mother calling on behalf of her 17-year-old daughter
Problem: 17 yr old daughter with a vicodin addiction
Seeking: Alternative treatment options
Reason(s): The caller is reaching out for any possible help before her daughter’s 18th birthday because she is afraid that her daughter may not stay in touch with her mom after she is legally an adult. She is worried that after her daughter’s 18th birthday, she will lose legal authority and be unable to do anything for her. Caller states, “While my girl is still young I want her to get better, I want her to get off of these nasty pills that have completely changed who she is.” Caller also states her daughter was never an exemplary student but always came home with a “B” or “B minus”, caller states that her daughter no longer has the drive to do anything productive and is frequently missing school. The mother is worried that long-term use of Vicodin is not just going to lead to health problems but will also result in unwanted, dangerous behavior, including but not limited to STDs. She said she has tried to reason with her daughter several times but feels that she is unable to get through to her when it comes to a logical discussion. She has tried grounding her daughter, but also realizes she can’t keep her eyes on her daughter at all times. The mother admitted, “If forcing her into a rehabilitation facility is what I need to do in order to get my baby back, so be it.” She wanted to know what options are available for alternative programs.
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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.