Cost of Treatment vs Active Addiction

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A question we get all the time is: Is the cost of drug addiction treatment worth it? Most private treatment centres charge between ten and twenty thousand dollars for a month-long treatment period. It is, without a doubt, a large investment.

However, it’s crucial to look beyond the dollar amount at face value and consider how much money, time and energy an addict and their loved ones spend on all aspects of active addiction.

Cost of Treatment vs Personal Costs of Addiction

Often, a person suffering from addiction is in denial of the severity o problem. They don’t want to face the reality of how much their alcohol or drug habit is costing them. Or sometimes, the person is so caught up in the addiction that they have entirely lost sight of the long-term financial consequences.

In their article, “The Cost of Being A Drug Addict In Canada,” VICE News talked to a number of addicts about their addictions.  The article gives a sense of the daily costs of average substance addiction. Here were some of their findings:

  •    Cocaine: $600 – $1,600 per day
  •    Prescription Opioids: $100 per day
  •    Alcohol: $65 per day
  •    Heroin: $300 per gram
  •    Crack Cocaine: $300 per day

So, drugs and alcohol are expensive. But, these numbers only show the cost of purchasing them and don’t take into consideration the other financial impacts of drug and alcohol addiction. In active addiction, addicts prioritize their substance of choice and often miss work, lose employment, damage their property or accumulate excessive debt.

The Verdict?

It comes down to basic math. A private treatment centre can cost between ten and twenty thousand dollars a month. But maintaining a cocaine addiction can cost upwards of $18,000 in a single month, according to VICE’s subjects. Furthermore, addiction tends to have a cumulative nature, which means that the costs can snowball over time.

It is easy to understand why there is a positive correlation between addiction and poverty. When a person is spending half or more of their wages on substances, then it is a challenge to cover the standard costs of living. It seems obvious. Private treatment is a big investment. But addiction is a long-term financial disaster that will far outweigh the one-time cost of treatment.

Investing in the Future

While addiction treatment centres can be expensive, it is important to look at the long-term investment that comes from spending money on recovery services. Families sometimes feel “sticker shock” when they look at the cost of paying for treatment. But, they fail to see the consistent costs associated with their loved one’s addiction. The numbers add up over time, especially when you consider the opportunity cost of lost career achievements.

Investing in the highest quality private drug addiction treatment for yourself or your loved one can stop the addictive pattern in its tracks. In addition to cutting the costs that went into the addiction, the financial gains are also apparent in the employment opportunities that a sober, healthy individual can obtain after treatment.