Is Drug Treatment worth the cost?
Nationally drug and alcohol abuse is estimated at costing over $600 billion annually. While the cost of going to a treatment center might seem extreme at first, in the long run it’s more than worth it. For instance, the average cost for a year of methadone maintenance treatment is approximately $4,700 per patient, an alcoholic is likely to pay over $7,000 a year, heroin, cocaine, and others can easily cost over $30,000 a year. Combine these number with loss wages, health and legal issues and the cost of addiction is staggering.
For instance, when one client at Bayshore Retreat worked through the ‘Money & Career Management’ portion of Life Skills, he revealed that his addiction had cost him and his family a half million dollars in just 7 years. He also added that he could make that money back in less than 3 years, now that he had his life on track.
Is drug and alcohol treatment worth the investment? Do the math yourself. Be honest. Think of everything that is relevant, or has been, a cost from the addiction. The answer will be yes. by Judy, the mom (Sept. 15, 2014)