Problem: Addiction to Xanax – an anti-anxiety drug
Seeking: Help for xanax addiction before long-term damage is done
Reason(s): Mother calls to ask about possible inpatient treatment center for her 17-year-old daughter that is going to turn 18 within a few weeks. The mother is to the point where she does not know where else to turn. The mother says that the daughter’s drug problem started early on in high school when it was clear that the daughter was not fitting in with her peer group. The caller has made it clear that the daughter is using xanax to suppress and numb feelings of pain and discomfort, saying, “she is trying to get away from the reality of not feeling like she belongs with everyone else.” Once her daughter started using the prescription drug she was accepted by other peers quite quickly. The mother knows that her daughter’s schoolwork is suffering because of the addiction and has tried grounding her daughter before, to no avail. She is worried about her daughter eventually becoming involved with more addictive drugs that are going to lead to more problems in the future. The mother says that she feels that the best option for her daughter may be an inpatient facility because she realizes there are underlying problems that are causing the desire to turn to xanax in the first place.
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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.