Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of his uncle
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient program with non 12 step method
Reason(s): The man says that his uncle’s alcohol abuse has always been a ‘family secret’. He says that most people who knew him realized that his uncle had an alcohol problem, but they would not address it because they did not want to ‘rock the boat’. However, that all changed when his uncle accidently managed to run over the neighbor’s dog when returning from the bars after 10 PM one night. The nephew said, “When you look at the face of those people whose dog he killed, look at their kids and look at the tears in their eyes, it became really clear to me and everyone else close to me that this was something that did NOT just concern us. It was NOT just him drinking himself to death. He is actively affecting the lives of others in a negative way. That is when we realized that he needed help and he needed it fast.” He says that he knows his uncle and any type of open environment where he is able to leave throughout the day would not be beneficial, thus outpatient treatment is off the table. The nephew said that they want to find a long-term, inpatient rehabilitation program that is going to be able to deal with the underlying causes of the alcohol dependence.
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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.