There is no denying that addiction can come with a high price tag. Drugs and alcohol are not cheap, especially when used in excess. Addiction can quickly eat away at a person’s paycheck and savings. In addition, there are associated costs as well. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), substance abuse racks up “more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.”
Monetary expenses are not the only costs associated with addiction, however. It can take toll on all aspects of a person’s life.
- Health: Drugs and alcohol may contribute to risk of heart disease, liver disease, mental health problems, several types of cancer, and more. Individuals are also at greater risk of illness or injury while under the influence. This can result in poorer health and increased spending on healthcare.
- Career: Addiction can seriously impair productivity and decision making. Employees may end up calling off more often or showing up late as a result of drug or alcohol use. Individuals may lose their job, have trouble keeping a job, or be passed over for promotions or other opportunities due to the effects of untreated addiction.
- Family: Addiction takes a toll on the whole family. It can strain relationships, tax finances, break trust, and create unstable environments for children. Family members may feel stressed trying to handle the effects of addiction and not let it negatively impact their lives.
Friends may start to distance themselves because they don’t like who the individual becomes when they’re under the influence. People may find that addiction racks up high costs that go beyond finances and transform their lives in a way they ever expected. Addiction treatment at Above It All can help people to turn their lives around and rebuild relationships in recovery. They can get back to pursuing their goals and living a healthier lifestyle. It’s not too late to get help at Above It All.
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