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Measuring
the cost of addiction

While there are many costs associated with a drug or alcohol addiction, let’s first examine the financial aspect. Use the alcohol or drug spending calculator below to determine your monthly and annual spends.

Alcohol

spending calculator

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How much do you spend on drugs per week?

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$260

Is Addiction Treatment Worth It?

Many people believe the cost of addiction treatment is too expensive and outweighs the cost of just continuing to abuse drugs or alcohol. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Living with an untreated addiction for 10 years can easily cost you more than $50,000. Numerous studies and economic reports prove that addiction treatment not only improves your economic situation, but also improves your overall health, wellbeing and life.

Government reports estimate that Americans lose more than $800 billion a year on drug and alcohol addictions. That figure includes lost wages, lost lives, hospital costs and treatment.

True Costs of Substance Abuse:

  • Alcohol and drugs were involved in 52% of all traffic fatalities
  • More than 107,000 people died from drug overdose in 2021
  • Substance use was cited as a reason for 34% of all divorces
  • 65% of prison inmates have an active substance use disorder

Financial Impact of Substance Use

Even what people describe as “casual” substance use can be costly. Drinking more than 10 beers a week can add up to hundreds of dollars each month. Someone addicted to alcohol will spend between $400 and $1,000 a month. People experiencing a substance use disorder can easily spend $10,000 or more each year on drugs or alcohol.

Average Monthly Expenditures on Drugs

Heroin

$1,457

Cocaine

$883

Marijuana

$210

Methamphetamine

$655

OxyContin

$400

How to Pay for Addiction Treatment?

Insurance companies are required to provide some form of substance abuse treatment coverage. Many employers will cover at least some of the cost to help their employees recover from an addiction. Even if you decide to pay for treatment yourself the cost will be much less than continued substance use, especially if you factor in healthcare costs, potential job loss, possible legal trouble and lost relationships. Many recovery centers, including Landmark Recovery, offer payment plans allowing you to pay for treatment on a month-to-month basis. The best way to understand the cost of addiction treatment is to speak with an admissions specialist who can review your situation and financial options.

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