April 25, 2016
With nearly 24 million American suffering from addiction every year, it is easy to see how prevalent this problem has become. A recent study analyzing projected longevity of life for impoverished 40 year olds showed a distinct difference between certain geographical areas. So what was the link that was lessening lives?
While this is a complex problem, one speculation was that the “opioid belt” along the midwest was a contributing factor. The addiction to opioids has become prevalent at the encouragement of the pharmaceutical industry and ready availability to doctors. While all addictions are costly, prescription medications can be one of the most expensive for addicts.
Unfortunately, many people who become addicted to a drug that was prescribed by their doctor fail to recognize the signs of addiction. This can be an exceedingly costly mistake, both monetarily and in the value of their life. The key to being freed from the prison of addiction lies in successful treatment and recovery. Included here are a few ways addiction treatment can save you money.
Cost of Addiction
Perhaps the most obvious way addiction treatment can save you money is by reducing the amount of money you are spending on addictive substances. Even a person who drinks one glass of cheap wine per night is forking over roughly $1,300 per year. For those who are addicted to cigarettes, heroin, or opioids the cost is substantially higher.
By gaining treatment for your addiction, you can save enormous amounts of money and perhaps contribute to a better quality of life for yourself and your family. Imagine if you have $1,300 to blow on a family vacation each year? Or in the instance of the $20,000 or $30,000 a year saved by quitting other addictions, you could pay cash for a brand-new car!
Another way treating your addiction can save you money is through simple earnings. Your career, work performance and potential for promotion are greatly affected by your addiction. By getting clean, you will be higher functioning at work and will earn more over the course of your lifetime.
Perhaps the most expensive way addiction damages your finances is through healthcare costs. The long-term effects of alcoholism, meth, heroin or cocaine can be life-threatening and irreversible. Cirrhosis of the liver is a very real disease that occurs when abusing alcohol, and cannot be undone by simply quitting your addiction.
With healthcare costs skyrocketing every year, long-term health problems can easily cost you millions. By treating your addiction and starting on the path to recovery early, you can help avoid damage to your health and save money on your lifelong healthcare costs.