Caller: 47-year old man calling on behalf of his son
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Long term recovery options with an intervention
Reason(s): The man is worried that his son’s dependence on heroin will not only bankrupt him, but may also kill him. He said that the continued use has made his son virtually ‘unemployable’. He states, “I realize that addiction is not something that people can control. He dropped out of high school because he was using and he has been collecting welfare. However, now that the states are clamping down on the money that they give out in benefits, he is starting to realize that he needs to do something else in order to fund his habit. We have become accustomed to hiding my wife’s jewelry or taking the money out of our wallets when he comes over.” He is worried that his son is going to not only bankrupt himself, but that if his access to welfare is cut, might turn to illegal means to support his drug habit. He said, “We have stopped supporting him financially…which we told him that we would if he kept using. He knows we love him, he knows he can come here and join us for dinner, but he does not get a dime from either of us”. He wants to try to get his son to enroll into long-term recovery and wants to stage a family intervention in order to do so. He wants to find more information about possible options and how to proceed.
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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.