Caller: 33-year-old wife calling on behalf of 39-year-old husband
Problem: Addiction to alcohol
Seeking: Inpatient drug rehab facility
Reason(s): Even though the caller and her husband have been together for more than a decade, she is currently contemplating ending her marriage and both going their separate ways before there are any children involved. She is unsure whether treatment would cause her to want to stay with her husband, but at the very least, she wants to know that a person she cares greatly about is taking professional steps towards a better life. She said that her husband lost his job more than two years ago and since then has not been able to find a job to suit his qualifications. Unemployment benefits have run out and her husband is being turned down for jobs he is ‘overqualified’ for. Caller states that her husband begins drinking the moment he wakes up and she can’t even remember the last time she saw him without a drink in his hand. Even though the drinking is problematic, she is also worried that him driving after he has been drinking is going to be a problem. Even though he has only been involved in an accident with a garbage can so far, she said, “it is only a matter of time before he hits someone or gets arrested for a DUI.” She realizes that her husband getting away from his ‘routine’ would be best and is looking for an inpatient treatment center that has experience in dealing with individuals struggling with alcohol 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.