Caller: 19-year old son calling on behalf of his father
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Inpatient alcohol treatment center with possible intervention
Reason(s): Son is worried that his father’s second divorce several years ago may have sped up the spiral into alcohol dependence. The caller said that his father has frequently gone on a drinking binge before, but that over the course of the last few years, drinking until he passes out has become standard. The caller said, “My grandfather was an alcoholic, I have seen the effects of what this can do to someone. My grandfather also died relatively young and I would prefer it if the same did not happen to my dad”. The caller is seeking professional help and wants to find the best way to properly address this situation with his father, because his earlier pleas have fallen onto deaf ears. The caller said, “I want to know how to approach the subject and then to have an actual alcohol rehabilitation treatment center ready, I know about the delirium tremors and what it does to people. I know that I personally would not be able to care for him when that happens.” He is scheduled for a phone consultation with a counselor for later in the week and contacted three different treatment facilities in the area to see if there were any available openings.
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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.