Reason(s): Mother is concerned about her teenage daughter’s overall health. She stated that her daughter has bulimia and low self-esteem. Because of her constant purging, the caller says that her daughter had low energy all the time. Because she was determined to lose more weight even when purging, the mother says that her daughter turned to Adderall that she got from one of her classmates. She said, “My daughter was handed her first few Adderall from a friend, she just got them to lose weight. Then when she found out that she became dependent on them and that she could lose more weight when using them, she suddenly had to start paying for them.” She confronted her daughter when she realized that money was disappearing from her purse. After her daughter confessed, the caller had two large problems to deal with. She said, “I cannot just send her somewhere that is going to lock her down and tell her to ditch the drugs. Clearly, there are underlying issues at stake here with my daughter. So I am asking you to find me a place that is going to be able to treat her addiction to Adderall while also helping with her constant image problem.” The mom also said that an out-of-state option would be preferable.
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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.