Caller: 22-year old woman calling on behalf of her boyfriend
Problem: Vicodin addiction
Seeking: Inpatient rehabilitation treatment
Reason(s): A woman is concerned that her boyfriend’s Vicodin addiction has become problematic to the point where it interferes with their daily lives. She is concerned that her boyfriend is becoming increasingly dependent on Vicodin and that he cannot make it through the day without abusing the opiate-based painkiller. She said, “I told my boyfriend that I wanted him to try, just one day of not using that [expletive]. He acted as though I was overreacting, but he finally caved once he realized that it was important to me. Before noon that day he was already begging me to let him use again.” According to the woman, she is concerned that this will not only affect her boyfriend’s life negatively, but her own life as well. The caller states, “The truth is that this is taking a toll on me too. He uses so much that I feel like I could wake up in the middle of the night and have him be stone-cold next to me because he took too much. I know he wants to get help but not entirely sure if he knows how to start”. She scheduled an intake session at an inpatient rehabilitation treatment facility that able to work with the patient’s insurance information.
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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.