Flight Attendant Struggling With Alcohol And ‘Huffing’...
Caller: 52 year old woman
Problem: Long term alcohol addiction; 1 year huffing addiction (dusters)
Seeking: Non faith based rehab program; needs it to be non 12 step rehab treatment
Reason(s): She has periods of time off as a flight attendant. She is depressed and uses alcohol and now inhalants during those off periods. She has been to rehab 2x and has serious issues with 12 step and how they make her feel diseased, incurable, etc. Family, friends and her doctor have suggested non faith rehab options and she notes they are all non 12 step rehabs as they do not push higher power. Instead they help build the power in the individual to be happy again and to address what is causing the addiction. She feels that the non 12 step drug rehab philosophy would have been good for her years ago and is ready to really get better this time. She can fly anywhere due to her job benefits but non 12 step rehab in UT or drug rehab in OR would be preferred if possible.
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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.