Woman Worried Husband’s Benzodiazepine Addiction Is Unstoppable...
Caller: 27-year old woman calling on behalf of her husband
Problem: Benzodiazepines addiction
Seeking: Long-term, inpatient treatment with biophysical detox and after-care program
Reason(s): The woman is worried that her husband has become increasingly reliant on benzodiazepine use in the last few years since they have been together. She is concerned that her husband’s reliance is escalated drastically. She said, “I am not worried that he is going to hit me or freak out. I just worry that ‘nothing’ will help. He has called these pills a warm blanket on his brain before. He does not do anything else. He just lies in bed, listens to music, and refuses to do anything.” The wife said that her husband lost his job after months of continuing poor performances. She said that she is also afraid of making him quit ‘cold turkey’ because she has read somewhere that stopping use suddenly may lead to extreme and dangerous side effects. She wants to find a long-term treatment program that can help her husband get sober and get his life back on track. The wife also said, “I know that he is a good person underneath, but these drugs have changed him. Something needs to change and unless he goes away for an extended period, he is never going to get any better.” She discussed wanting available options that provide biophysical detoxification and different aftercare services.
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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."
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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.