Caller: 39-year old son calling on behalf of his father
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Inpatient rehab with high success rate
Reason(s): Son is looking for help in order to find the best possible recovery option for his father who is struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine. He said that he and his father have not been close for years, but after his father’s recent arrest, his mother reached out to him. He says, “My father has never been a role model to me, he had issues with continuous drug use and always seemed to be in a downward spiral. What I am doing I am doing for my mother who requested that I help out as much as possible”. The son said that his father was given a choice after being arrested; choose either a drug treatment program or two years in prison. The father opted for the drug recovery option. The caller states, “I know that he might not be 100% serious about this right away, but maybe if he actually gets help and we lock him somewhere where he does not have access to drugs, it might just be possible to get him to live a healthy life”. The son is not worried about immediate costs as he runs his own construction company, but would like to make sure that his father enters an inpatient program that has a proven success rate of effective treatment.
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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.