Sister Seeks Treatment For Alcoholic Brother After...
Caller: 34-year-old sister for 36-year-old brother
Problem: Alcohol Addiction
Seeking: Inpatient treatment
Reason(s): Sister is seeking treatment for her brother who is struggling with alcohol addiction. According to her, there have been two separate instances that her brother had sought treatment before. She said the first time her brother entered treatment was because the choice was to either enter treatment or go to jail for a drunk and disorderly and driving under the influence, charge. The caller said, “The treatment was recommended by his lawyer and he did not take it serious for a second, he checked himself out after a few weeks.” She also said he tried to seek treatment another time after he nearly had gotten into another drinking and driving accident. She said, “He and I drove there together and I was actually glad to see that he was getting help, we were heading to an outpatient drug program that his health insurance would cover. However, once he got there, we were told that he missed the check-in time for that day. He was told to come back in the morning, but when we were driving home later that day, I knew that he was not going to come back again. He needs real treatment with people that actually care about his addiction rather than people who will turn him away for missing a specific deadline.” The caller will be contacted by a nearby inpatient treatment facility that specializes in alcohol abuse.
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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.