Help Needed For Daughter’s Benzodiazepine Addiction...
Caller: 45-year old mom calling on behalf of her daughter
Problem: Benzodiazepine addiction
Seeking: Long term inpatient treatment
Reason(s): This mother is concerned that her daughter may be struggling with a benzodiazepine addiction. After talking to her daughter, she found out that her daughter bought benzodiazepines from a friend at school. The mom said, “She has a friend who struggles with anxiety and received a prescription. The problem is that whenever exam week rolls around, apparently her friend is selling some of her prescriptions to help ‘ease the tension amongst students’. That is when she supposedly started taking them.” The mom stated that her daughter is unable to set boundaries and still uses the illicit substance she bought from her friend. The mother said, “After six weeks of using these pills, she found out that she could not do without them anymore. She became confused and even claimed to have experienced hallucinations. Now I am afraid of pulling her off of these substances because I know that going cold turkey is going to have some serious negative side effects.” She wants to find an inpatient treatment center that is going to help her daughter slowly reduce her intake of benzodiazepines over a period and provide her with a better understanding of how to manage stress and anxiety in the future.
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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.