Caller: Father and mother calling about their 18-year old son
Problem: Vicodin and opiate addiction
Seeking: Drug rehab to handle prescription addiction
Reason(s): A conference call with both parents who are worried about their son’s prescription pain killer addiction. The problem started when it became clear to the son that the last year of his high school wrestling career would determine whether colleges would be willing to offer scholarships for athletics. After having a spectacular sophomore year in wrestling, the parents stated that their son had had a season-ending shoulder injury in his junior year. After the surgery, the son was prescribed Vicodin to deal with the pain after successful rotator cuff surgery. Both parents agree that their son may have rushed back to training which is the reason for the lingering pain that initially caused the continued use of painkillers after the prescription ran out. Now when the son does not take Vicodin, he constantly complains about pain even though several medical tests have made it clear that physically nothing is wrong anymore. Because of the painkiller addiction, the son’s GPA has fallen from a 3.4 to a 2.5 and only seems to be getting lower. Both parents are worried that it seems that the only two things that their son cares about is wrestling and sleeping. They admit that their son is lethargic most of the time and often falls asleep during the day. They are worried that continued use is not only going to result in an addict mentality but will also lead to legal trouble considering their son does not currently have a prescription.
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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.