Woman Is Concerned About Friend’s Cocaine Abuse...
Caller: 26-year old woman calling on behalf of her friend
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Long term alternative rehab options
Reason(s): The woman is concerned that one of her best friends is struggling with a cocaine addiction. She said, “This is difficult for me to talk about – because I previously used cocaine quite regularly myself back in college. One of the differences is that I would do it on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, but she has started to use it several times throughout the week as well. Ever since we left college together, I have worked the same job and I have received a promotion. She has managed to bounce from a serving job to a sales job and managed to get fired from all of them because she would just not show up for work.” She admits to being frustrated and knows that her friend went to rehab for two weeks before. She said that during those two weeks, everything seemed fine and her friend left rehab with a positive attitude – only to relapse later that night. She indicated that she wants to find a way to get her friend help, to get her life back on track, and to make sure that whatever choice she makes next is actually going to provide long-term change or at least give her a better base to work from.
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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.