Woman Worried About Her Husband’s Alcohol Addiction...
Caller: 29-year old woman calling on behalf of her husband
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Non 12 step long-term inpatient rehab program
Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her husband’s addiction is becoming a serious issue that could end up losing them their home. According to the wife, ever since the recession, it has been necessary for the couple to have two incomes to make ends meet. She said, “Recently he has been struggling with alcohol addiction. I do not know where it came from; I know his family does not have a history of it as far as he has told me. What I do know is that he is likely being fired soon or is at least on the verge of being fired. Even though it hurts me that my husband is struggling with such a serious problem, I am also frustrated that he would risk the health and happiness of his family. Without his income to supplement mine, there is a very good chance that we would lose our home because we would be unable to make payments on the mortgage.” She suggests that it is imperative that her husband get the help he needs to get better. She is unsure whether her husband’s work would give him a few months off, but she also admits that not addressing the issue will not be beneficial for them in the long run. She is seeking a long-term treatment facility that has a successful history of treating patients with alcohol addiction that uses the non 12 step method.
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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.