In order to contextualise this case study, it is important to outline the stages of alcohol addiction.
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Stage 1: Initiation and experimentation
Substance abuse in stage 1 is not regular, but it carries health risks if an individual is exposed to a harmful or dangerous drug or alcohol substance.
Stage 2: Regular use
Some people can regularly drink or take drugs and not become addicted, however at this stage, you may feel a sense of withdrawal from the substance and also from your social circles too and you may start to use alone.
Stage 3: Problematic use
Your alcohol or drug use at this stage has begun to take a negative toll on your life.
You may drive under the influence, and your academic, personal and professional life has begun to suffer.
Most tend to make excuses for their use or hide their addiction from others. Read more.
Stage 4: Dependency and Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
You have become fully dependent on drugs or alcohol and going without using results in serious withdrawal. Y
ou are physically and psychologically dependent at this stage.
Whatever your situation, you must never feel that your addiction is not ‘bad enough’, and you should not feel guilty or shameful.
Help is out there for you and there are so many people who want to support you.
Example of the additional costs of alcoholism:
Ian, a 33-year old man living in Nottingham is struggling with alcoholism. He is currently between stages 3 and 4 of alcohol addiction – he still has his job, but his professional, personal and social relationships are beginning to suffer.
It is important to note that someone who is also between stage 2 and 3 can be spending a similar amount on alcohol or drugs.
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His annual income is around £30,000, and his financial situation is strained due to his addiction.
Below is a table which outlines the cost of Ian’s alcohol addiction, in addition to regular overheads such as rent or mortgage, tax and council tax, utility bills, food and other daily costs of living:
Even despite these shocking figures, most avoid residential rehab or do not seek the help they need because they find rehab costly.
The recommended 28-day residential rehab treatment begins at £14,500, which means that, with all costs included, rehab costs an average of £3,625 per week.
This is less than what your addiction is costing you on top of standard living costs per month.
A year of costs associated with drug addiction is enough to pay for rehab 3 times over.
Residential rehab is therefore a very small price to pay for long-term recovery and lifetime sobriety.
If your addiction has left you in a difficult financial situation, then you can still receive the help you need and deserve.
Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, we are committed to finding you the help you need, and answering any queries you may have.