Reason(s): Wife is seeking treatment options for her husband who is currently struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine. She said that though her husband has been struggling with addiction on and off for the last decade, the conversation he had with the couple’s young daughter might have made it clear to him that he needs to seek out treatment. According to the wife, the young daughter told her father that she did not like him because he used drugs, telling him she wanted nothing to do with him anymore. The wife stated, “My little girl said this without someone pushing her, without me prodding her, but it seems like he understands that he will never have anything close to a normal relationship with her now or ever if he does not break his addiction. I have tried, I have begged and I have pleaded, but it might be her words that make him see the tremendous value of sobriety.” According to the wife, if her husband felt sad or worried he would turn to meth, now he has to deal with the fact that the very product that might make him feel better about what his daughter said, could lead to his daughter never wanting to see him again. She said that they would prefer a local treatment center but would consider something a little farther away if it meant that the chances of recovery were better.
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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.