Narcotics Anonymous vs. In-Patient Residential Programs
There are many programs available to help those struggling with opiate dependency
to overcome their addiction. It’s important for patients to choose the addiction
treatment option that is most appropriate for their lifestyle and that will help stay
abstinent from opiates.
12 Step Programs:
Twelve Step Programs like Narcotics Anonymous use peer support groups to treat the
behavioral aspects of addiction. These programs do not use medication to reduce
cravings or withdrawal symptoms.
Patients in 12 Step Programs use peer support, will power, and spiritual focus to combat
addiction. Some patients succeed using the 12 Step Program, while others may not.
Frequently, the 12 Steps are combined with other programs like BioCare Recovery.
In-Patient/Residential Treatment Programs:
In-patient programs offer patients counseling, and many use medication assisted treatment
to help with withdrawal symptoms. While these programs can be effective in helping
patients “dry out”, there are disadvantages.
These programs require patients to leave their day-to-day lives for weeks or months at
a time. Patients may find it difficult to cope with the triggers and stressors of their old lives
after returning home from the residential treatment facility.
In-patient treatment programs can be cost-prohibitive for many patients, with treatment
costs between $15,000 and $30,000 for a single month of treatment.
BioCare combines medication assisted treatment with counseling while allowing patients to
get well in their natural environment. Patients learn to cope with stressors and relapse triggers
while taking anti-craving medications under a doctor’s supervision, making the chance of
relapse lower than with in-patient programs.
Because BioCare uses an out-patient approach to addiction recovery, patients do not need to
give up their lives, jobs, or relationships to treat their addiction.
At only $8,500 for a six-month treatment program, addiction recovery with BioCare is typically
less than half the cost of a single month of therapy at a residential program.