Woman Concerned About Her Husband’s Alcohol Abuse...
Caller: 42-year old wife calling on behalf of her husband
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Treatment options for alcoholism with possible intervention
Reason(s): The woman is worried that her husband’s alcohol use is becoming increasingly worse and may end up having a serious effect on his health and their relationship. She admits that her husband has always been one to drink more alcohol than she does, but she is concerned that her husband is becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol in order to deal with the stress of his job. She said, “I know that my husband and several other employees of the company have been working on a merger for months now. Crunching numbers, I just know that it is a big deal. However, it has gotten to the point that he just can’t seem to let go of the stress of work through any other means than by using alcohol to numb his thoughts. What was once a second or third glass of wine with dinner, now has turned into him drinking so much, that he goes to bed at nine and wakes up an hour before work”. She is concerned that she and her husband rarely communicate anymore and that these issues border on serious dependence. She has tried to talk to her husband about his drinking before but found that he only became angry at the insinuation that he might have a problem. She wants to know what treatment methods are available and how she might confront her husband with his alcohol abuse.
One Response to “Woman Concerned About Her Husband’s Alcohol Abuse”
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.