A Financial Breakdown of Addiction Treatment: Is It Actually Costly?

Vice, known for their honest and at times jarring coverage of the American opioid epidemic recently published a fascinating look at the cost comparison between drug addiction and addiction treatment. The article documents a number of addicts, each with different background stories and habits. One such person, a former exotic dancer known as Jennifer, made and spent up to 3,700 a week on her cocaine habit.

Jennifer approximates that she spent between 450-1200 a day on cocaine. She eventually became a pick-pocket, a prostitute and began selling drugs herself to support her drug-dependent lifestyle.

“The effort I put into spending money on drugs, it’s not even calculable,” Jennifer, now 47, told VICE. “It’s an extraordinary amount. I would be a millionaire,” she lamented. 

Much like many other chronic drug abusers, the cost of drug addiction is largely incalculable. “According to a 2002 study by the Canadian Center for Substance Abuse, the “societal cost” of substance abuse, in terms of health care and the criminal justice system, is about $30 billion USD,” Vice reports.

A drug habit of $200-400 per day can quickly add up to $36,000 over a few months. $36,000 every three months turns into $144,000 annually. An individual could literally spend three full salaries on lethal drugs just to escape reality.

The article estimates crack usage can range upwards of $80,000 annually. Opioid or Heroin can top $130,000+ annually, depending on the opioid type and quantity used.

For an individual spending $100,000 a year on drugs, treatment is financially equivalent to a drop in the bucket.

The truth about drug addiction is that a person can waste as much money as they have access to, depending on how much of a tolerance they have built up. When you consider the facts, it becomes very clear that the cost is life-saving treatment is reasonable, particularly when considering the fact that a person’s life is on the line.

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Read the full article on Vice.com.