Caller: 47-year old woman calling on behalf of her husband
Problem: Amphetamines addiction
Seeking: Long term treatment options
Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her husband is actively abusing amphetamines to get up for his job. She said, “Money is tough and jobs are scarce. Me personally, I have been looking for a job now for the better part of 3 years and I cannot find anything. My husband has a job, but they are working him like a mule. One day he will have to work the graveyard shift, while the next he will have to be up early again. In order to combat that, he has started taking amphetamines. Apparently he gets them rather cheaply, and he said that no amount of coffee or energy drink could ever replace them.” The wife is concerned that her husband is struggling with dependence rather than just relying on these drugs to get him through the day. She said her husband even uses them throughout the days when he does not work, thus suggesting that this is not something he only does to be able to make it through the day at work. She said, “I know that he might lose his job if we go into long term treatment, but right now we still have insurance. So we need a treatment program that is willing to work with what we have. I would rather risk him losing his job than risk my husband losing his life over drugs.”
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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.