Caller: 32-year old woman calling on behalf of her best friend
Problem: Heroin addiction
Seeking: Non traditional rehab options preferably with aftercare program
Reason(s): Woman is concerned that her best friend’s recent destructive behavior while abusing heroin is going to lead to a path of self-destruction. The caller states that her friend had used opiate medication before but has since turned to heroin because it was a far more available and affordable alternative. She says that her friend has not kept a steady job for more than two years and has consistently ‘burned bridges’ with her friends and family. Even she admits that she thought about cutting her friend out of her life. She said, “She is unable to keep a job because she uses. Every time people go to bat for her and get her a job, or call in a favor to get her help, she just stops showing up altogether.” She said that her friend’s behavior has become increasingly erratic and the amount of heroin she uses every day appears to have increased as well. She wants to find a treatment program that does more than ‘sober her up,’ she wants to find somewhere where the user is able to make a fresh start. She said, “She has lost a lot of people who care about her. Whether they are going to come back into her life, I don’t know. I can’t have her go off into some sort of program where she is just left to her own devices once she completes the program.” She wants to find a non-traditional rehab facility that offers aftercare programs to specifically address these concerns.
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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.