Caller: 57-year old woman calling on behalf of her son
Problem: Klonopin addiction
Seeking: Treatment options that include one on one counceling
Reason(s): The woman is concerned that her teenage son is actively abusing Klonopin. She is concerned that what started as recreational abuse has since become a full-blown dependence. She said, “My husband was struggling with anxiety and insomnia a few months ago. This is when the doctor suggested that Klonopin would be a great option because it would take care of two problems at once. Unfortunately, I feel as though my teenage son has started taking the medication for himself.” According to the woman, she knows that her son took the Klonopin because there are only three people in the home. She suggested that her husband noticed it was missing after he wanted to get rid of it about three months after last using. She said, “Apparently there was still some left. The real issue here is, apparently he didn’t feel very good coming off this stuff, so he started to find places in school where he could actually get his hands on more.” She is not only worried about her son’s health, but also worried about his financial health and any possible legal trouble that he might get into when purchasing drugs off the street. She is also increasingly worried that he might experiment with other drugs if he is unable to get the klonopin. She wants information on treatment options for klonopin. Something that will help him find out why he felt he needed them in the first place.
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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.