Caller: 42-year old man calling on behalf of a friend
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Rehab treatment options for heroin
Reason(s): The man is concerned about his friend who is struggling with an addiction to heroin and he wants to know what possible rehab treatment options may be available for him. According to the man, his friend previously struggled with a dependency to Lortab, but has since found that no doctors would prescribe him the medication, even after repeatedly begging for more. He said that his friend attempted to avoid using altogether, but was unable to do so. Because of financial pressures and availability, the friend then decided to make the switch to smoking heroin. According to the man, this was a far more affordable option than his previous substance of choice. He also said, “Heroin is one of those things that you have to take serious, because you know how many people lose their life to that stuff every year. I want to make sure that he gets some help before this ends up destroying him. I do not want to think about the possibility that one of my best friends could potentially end up out on the street with a needle in his arm.” He is looking for possible rehab options that will work with his insurance.
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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.