Seeking Further Treatment Options For Heroin Addict...
Caller: 24-year-old woman calling on behalf of her boyfriend
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Alternative treatment options
Reason(s): Caller is a 24-year-old female who has a boyfriend that is addicted to heroin. She stated that her boyfriend has been using heroin for approximately five years and she is worried about possible logistics of rehabilitation. “I just want to know how my boyfriend is supposed to find help and enter rehab when he has a job to go to. I feel like I am partly enabling him by staying, but I also do not want to leave him. He has threatened to hurt himself if I ever leave him but I do obviously love him.” Caller said that her boyfriend’s current job does offer health benefits but she is worried that if he used those health benefits for rehabilitation, the company would fire him. According to her, the boyfriend would like to take off from work and just ‘sleep off’ the addiction. Though he is not staying home all the time and remaining somewhat productive, she is worried about the tremendous financial impact that her boyfriend’s addiction has on the two of them. She is seeking a treatment option that would provide a confidential alternative, but would like to discuss a number of varied options beforehand.
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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.