Boyfriend Seeks Treatment For Girlfriend With Xanax...
Caller: 25-year old man calling on behalf of girlfriend
Problem: Xanax addiction
Seeking: Rehab options with individual counseling
Reason(s): The man says that he is worried about his girlfriend and the amount of Xanax that she takes every day. The man states that after looking online at some of the more reputable signs for dependence, he has determined that his significant other shows many of the symptoms of Xanax addiction. The man acknowledges that she originally received Xanax to combat problems with anxiety, but is constantly taking more than the recommended dosage. He said, “It is clear that she is taking more than she is supposed to and this means that she runs out. Either she runs out of Xanax and becomes a completely different person who is lethargic or grouchy, or she spends a great deal of money buying it from supposed friends.” He admits that after looking up the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal, he realized that he would be unable to make her quit ‘cold turkey’. He said, “Between the symptoms of just not having it anymore and the fact that I have tried to approach the problem several times and have been shut down, I really do not know how to react anymore. I just know that I want some type of treatment that is going to help her with counseling, but also teaches her that self-medicating with prescription drugs is unhealthy. I understand that she suffers from anxiety, but she is relying on it like a crutch to take care of other negative emotions.”
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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.