Seeking: Alternative treatment that includes a biophysical detox program
Reason(s): The caller begins by saying that he wants to make sure that the service he called does not offer traditional 12-step programs. He stated, “They are part of the reason I am dealing with this [expletive] right now, and I will never ever work with them again.” He states that his daughter entered a traditional 12-step program for cocaine addiction because it was the “only available option” at the time. He suggests that the program did nothing but damage his daughter’s confidence, which in turn caused her to relapse. He stated, “There isn’t any doubt that this is partly her doing, don’t get me wrong, she is an addict and she needs help. Nevertheless, those [expletive] told her that she would never recover and she would have to come back time and time again and STILL be addicted. She said she felt so bad about hearing that, that she could only think of one single thing to make her feel better”. Caller is interested in a long-term treatment program that provides life skills and has a biophysical detoxification program. The caller made it clear that he does not care how long the program takes, as long as it can make a difference in his daughter’s life. He scheduled an appointment to call back in two days to get options that have space available.
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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.