Anyone who has known an addict or has suffered from this dreadful mental illness knows the toll these problems can take on your pocket book. Obviously, besides the overwhelming attachment to drugs and alcohol, a victim will also suffer from a bunch of cobwebs and moths in their recently packed wallet and savings account. While we are always quick to consider the physical burden of substance abuse and addiction, however, we sometimes forget that drugs (legal and illegal) are costly, and, as a result of addiction, money can quickly burn away due to excessive purchases of shady materials. So how bad is this situation? How deep do drug addicts and alcoholics bury themselves? Let’s take a closer look and find out about the financial burden of substance abuse and addiction.
How Much Do Drugs Cost?
If a person is suffering from extended addiction, payments will eventually start to pile up and become (for lack of a better word) overwhelming. Something as inexpensive as beer at the gas station can eventually result in overdue bank payments or rent, and the victims will never see this coming.
To put this into perspective, consider these numbers. If an alcoholic drinks a $5-6 pack of beer every single day, that means this person is consuming $150 worth of beer a month, amounting to a total of $10,000 a year just to add a crutch to their sickness. Now, on an alternative note, an addict can spend nearly twice as much on illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin.
Complete Loss of Productivity and Money
Likewise, the use of intoxicating and mind-altering substances can also put a damper on your productivity. Drinking large quantities of alcohol or consuming dangerous substances can greatly weaken your immune system and leave you susceptible to colds and other viruses, meaning you will be missing work more often than usual. No work equals no money, and no money equals poverty.
As a result of addiction, victims will not only lose their jobs but also fall into poverty. Ultimately, drugs and alcohol wreak havoc on your life all the way around.
Always remember that drugs and alcohol do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction troubles today.