Woman Concerned For Friends Alcoholic Erratic Behavior...
Caller: 24-year old woman calling for her friend
Problem: Alcohol addiction
Seeking: Non faith based rehab for alcoholism
Reason(s): According to the caller, a call to a recovery assistance program for alcohol abuse is one that is long overdue. She shared that her friend has long been a “more than social” drinker, and has been since age 16. While she realized her friend drank a lot at parties and other get-togethers, the woman states she did not know her friend drank a great deal when she was also by herself. The woman says that her most recent experience was the reason that she needed to make the call. She said, “My friend had been drinking and driving for the last four nights straight, honestly swerving all over the road according to friends who were with her. She managed to bang up both sides of the car, but only caused property damage. She could have killed someone. When I asked her why she was doing that, even after having gotten a DUI a year before, she told me that she was unable to stop. That is when I knew she needed help.” She is adamant about finding an alcohol recovery program for her friend that focuses on scientific research and methods. According to the caller, her friend stated she would prefer a non-faith based option.
One Response to “Woman Concerned For Friends Alcoholic Erratic Behavior And Possible Addiction”
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.