Caller: 18-year-old girl calling on behalf of her mother
Problem: Methamphetamine addiction
Seeking: Alternative to 12 step rehab, detoxification programs
Reason(s): Caller identifies herself as an 18-year-old girl calling regarding her mother. The girl said that she realizes that her mother may have a problem with methamphetamine addiction, but until a few months ago, at least her mother tried to keep it a secret from her. She said that now her mother uses methamphetamine in front of her stating, “It’s like she doesn’t even care.” The girl says that she can’t pinpoint an exact reason why her mother would have turned to methamphetamine, having never noticed her mother using any type of drug before. She says that her mother is often requesting her daughter go out and buy meth because the mother is unable to go herself or simply does not want to leave the house. She is not only afraid of being caught with meth in her possession after trying to get it for her mother, but also worried about violence against her because she doesn’t trust the dealers that her mother frequently does business with. She is requesting information about potential involuntary detoxification and what would need to happen in order for this to be an option. Caller also states that she is looking for a treatment option that is not like the 12-step program because she has heard from several friends that this type of program has very low success rates.
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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.