Sister Seeking Treatment Options For Brother Struggling...
Caller: 30-year-old sister calling on behalf of 21-year-old brother
Problem: Heroin Addiction
Seeking: Treatment options with detox
Reason(s): The caller is seeking treatment for her brother’s heroin addiction. She said that her brother currently lives on the streets and lies and steals for money to support his habit. She has personally given him over 200 dollars because she was afraid that he might otherwise already have been arrested at this point by acquiring money via other means. She said that when both siblings were younger, their father beat her brother on multiple occasions, which led to the exploration of drugs and alcohol in an effort to get away from the family. The drug of choice and consistent use ended up being heroin, which she says her brother likes to shoot into his veins. Because of his drug habit and track marks, her brother has been unable to find many employment opportunities or hold down a job for more than a week at a time. After discussing the situation with her brother, caller states that she knows that her brother wants to live a healthy life; he wants to seek help but just needs that extra reinforcement to enter rehabilitation. She pleaded, “please help him, I can’t continue to watch him kill himself this way, – it’s heartbreaking.” Recommendations were presented for a biophysical rehab facility that has expertise in treating those individuals that are struggling with heroin addiction.
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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.