Sister’s Xanax Abuse Combined With Alcohol Causing...
Caller: 34-year old woman calling on behalf of her sister
Problem: Xanax addiction
Seeking: Intervention specialist and options for Xanax treatment programs
Reason(s): The woman is concerned about her sister’s Xanax abuse. She understands that Xanax has a part to play in Western medicine, but does not believe that her sister is following instructions. She said, “I know my sister struggles with anxiety, that part I believe, so maybe she does need Xanax to a certain degree. However, I do know that she uses it along with alcohol to augment the side effects even further. That to me does not sound like someone who is truly in control of what they are doing and I think she needs help.” She said that while she has tried to help her sister before, her sister consistently turns down her offers for help. She said, “Both me and her fiancée have talked about it without her knowing. We both know that something must change. That is why we are actively trying to find an intervention specialist who can help with this type of dependence.” She is getting a phone consultation appointment with an intervention specialist who is going to advise and oversee any possibility of an intervention in the near future.
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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.