Caller: 25-year old woman calling on behalf of her friend
Problem: Cocaine addiction
Seeking: Long-term inpatient recovery program
Reason(s): Woman is concerned about her friend abusing cocaine, but also has a few specific standards that she is looking for when it comes to drug rehabilitation. She stated that she herself has experienced drug recovery at a 12-step rehabilitation program and felt that it was impractical for her, perhaps even encouraged her to continue abusing drugs or alcohol. The woman states, “I managed to get better because of a biophysical detoxification program and a long-term recovery program that helped me understand WHY I turned to drugs. When my friend confided in me about her own struggles, it made me feel as though my initial issues were just a learning experience, so that I could end up helping her.” She suggested to her friend that she make the call because she has a better understanding of what type of recovery program to decide on. The woman wants to ensure that this is a long-term recovery program that has aftercare services available. The caller also wants to know what programs if any, would be able to work with her friend’s family insurance, that way they would have a better understanding of what this recovery process would cost. She is currently narrowing down three different options within a 75-mile radius of where they live.
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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.