What is your addiction costing you? Owning up to and recovering from drug addiction or alcoholism is a daunting and complicated process, and we understand how hard it can be.
Not only is your addiction incredibly harmful to your health and personal life, but the costs of maintaining your addiction are astronomical.
The Executive Rehab Guide seeks to answer all your questions about addiction and to offer the support you need.
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We have created a break down of what your alcohol or drug addiction is costing you per month, per three months, and per year.
1. The financial costs of your addiction
Those who are suffering from substance abuse don’t realise or choose to overlook the substantial financial cost of maintaining their addiction.
As you become more dependent on alcohol or drugs, it will become even more expensive to pay for.
Using all your money to pay for your addiction will impact how much money you have left for food, mortgage or rental payments, and eventual and severe financial difficulty and debt.
We have created a break down of the additional costs in order to help you contextualise just how much your addiction is costing you:
When your drug or alcohol problem gets out of control, the most effective way of beginning your recovery is to seek treatment in a residential rehab centre.
Rehab treatment cost in the UK is very high. See exactly why rehab costs are high.
Though price varies depending on the treatment type and which rehab centre you choose, a typical 28-day treatment can cost anything between £4,000 and £28,000. Read more here.
Not only does maintaining your addiction cost a lot, but recovery is often just as expensive. So why not use the money to regain control of your finances and your life?
The costs of your addiction to society:
70% of abusers are in full-time employment. Consequently, there is a massive cost to society and the employment sector.
The annual cost of drug abuse to businesses in the UK is £100 billion, and alcohol addiction sets employers back £7.3 billion a year.
As well as financial costs, addiction can cause severe relationship issues – with friends, family and coworkers.
Because addiction to alcohol and drugs causes financial and behavioural problems, it can lead to marital problems and divorce, loss of jobs and criminal charges if the substance you are addicted to is illegal.
Your friends, family, and coworkers will become frustrated at your refusal to seek help and employers will become annoyed at your lack of performance and you will lose your job.
Your loved ones may also feel disheartened when they can’t help you.
Rehab treatment programs offer support for families and therapy which helps rekindle relationships and life’s experiences.
3. The cost to your physical and mental health
Psychological effects of addiction:
- Mood disorders
- Unnatural behaviour
- Lying to friends and family about your addiction
- Suspicious or secretive behaviour
- Lack of reasoning or responsibility
Physical effects of addiction:
- Damage to the kidneys
- Damage to the liver
- Cardiovascular problems
- The lungs are damaged (from inhaling drugs)
Another long-term effect of addiction is increased tolerance. You will use more and more of the drug in order to achieve the desired state, and this is incredibly dangerous. It can put you at risk of overdose or even death.
Drugs and alcohol warn against driving on their labels, but this does not stop most people. In the UK in 2019, there were over 143,000 drink driving cases, and 270 fatalities – the highest in a decade.
Drug-related workplace accidents:
Using drugs or alcohol can make workers less aware, with a higher risk of casualty and a slower reaction time. Being hungover can also have similar effects.
Workers with addiction are 2.7 times more likely to have injury-related absences from work than those without drug or drinking problems.
Drug use and domestic violence
People with a drug or alcohol problem are 6 times more likely to abuse a partner emotionally or physically.
This not only affects the stability of your relationship but can hurt or injure the person you love most.
Drug overdose and death
Drug overdose and severe alcohol abuse can lead to injury and even death.
In 2019, there were almost 3,000 drug or alcohol-related deaths in the UK, which is 46% higher than ten years ago. Read a full breakdown of statistics here.
Drug and alcohol abuse is highly dangerous. It does only change your behaviour, but you are putting yourself at risk of death.
5. Don’t just be a number
It is important to know what your addiction is costing you financially, personally and socially, and how much danger you are putting yourself in.
The only way to prevent extortionate financial difficulties, personal problems and accidents, is to treat your addiction.
There are so many options out there that can help you begin your recovery process and so many people who want to help.
You will not be judged for your addiction. Speak out and seek the help you need.
Our support team are always on-call, and here to provide you with any advice or help, and to answer any questions you have.
Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Alison