Woman Is Worried About Friend’s Alcohol Addiction...
Caller: 37-year old woman calling on behalf of friend
Problem: Alcohol abuse
Seeking: Holistic treatment center for alcoholism
Reason(s): Woman is worried that her friend has struggled with her children entering into the ‘terrible teens.’ She suggests that her children are becoming increasingly difficult to talk to and handle and is one of the reasons that her friend is becoming increasingly reliant on alcohol. She said, “I remember that she and I would go out for martinis or a glass of wine together to celebrate the weekend, but nowadays she is drinking too much, or at least what I perceive as too much, every single day. She has told me how frustrated she was with her kids always talking back to her, but I think she might have gone too far when it comes to drinking.” The woman is concerned that her friend often does not answer the phone after 6 PM and has even passed out before because of her drinking. She said, “I remember going over to talk to her at 10 am….you know, in the morning? And she would have her glass of wine sitting out. She would not offer me any and did not drink in front of me, but I guess we both knew it was there even if she pretended that it was not.” According to the woman, her friend’s mother struggled with alcohol dependence before her death and she wants to make sure that this does not happen to her friend as well. She wants to find a holistic treatment facility for her friend, a facility that would be able to treat alcohol addiction while the woman would take care of the teens for her friends, for the time she is away.
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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.