Reason(s): The son was an amazing best friend to the father and also great husband. He had great job with NASA and then hurt his arm, and in the last two years he has become a totally different person. He has been caught stealing to support his habit; his wife left and took their child; lost his job and is now completely hopeless. Went to 28 day rehab last year and came out worse. The father is now trying to find a long-term treatment program in Texas that will work on the son’s underlying issues this time, and not allow him to get lost in a crowd or group therapy. Does not want him told he’s diseased and cannot beat his drug addiction. Has read and heard that non 12 step drug rehab centers will give his son a much higher chance at success since these rehab programs do not believe in the disease model; and instead create customized treatment programs to build him back up to the way he was prior to his addiction to prescription medication and benzos.
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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.