Woman Calling To Discuss Her Son-In-Law’s Oxycodone...
Caller: 42-year-old woman calling for 22-year-old son-in-law
Problem: Oxycodone addiction
Seeking: Non 12 step rehab, outpatient program/possible inpatient facility
Reason(s): Caller says that her reason for reaching out for help is two-fold. One is to get the information off her chest and the other is to ask for advice. Caller says she suffers from chronic pain due to a car accident she suffered years ago and was prescribed oxycodone as a result. It was not until a few months ago that she noticed that she was “missing” oxycodone pills; a few at first but it gradually became more of a problem. Caller states that she noticed her 22-year-old son-in-law was taking some of her oxycodone pills for recreational use. After she talked to her son-in-law without involving her husband, she found out that he had recreationally been using opiates and had built up a tolerance, requiring more pills but not having the funds to pay for them. That is the reason that he started taking her oxycodone pills. After talking to her son-in-law, they both decided that it would be best if he were to attend a traditional 12-step program, but he quit after two meetings saying “No one is doing anything except sit around and talk about how miserable they are.” She is interested in learning more about outpatient treatment because she does not want her husband to find out about the problem, but she also made it clear that she understands with oxycodone use, detoxification and inpatient treatment may be in order depending on the severity of the addiction.
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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.