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Is Drug Rehab Well worth the Price?

The cost of good rehab can be daunting for a family … Foresight can save a family tens of thousands of dollars and maybe even lives.

What does drug rehabilitation cost? Perhaps the only way to determine the value of the cost of a drug rehabilitation program is to consider what will happen if rehab is delayed. Unfortunately, this requires accurate foresight, which is difficult to develop if you already have close-up pictures of an addicted person.

"I spent $ 60,000 on my son's medical and legal expenses and what he stole from me. Drug rehabilitation is cheap compared to what I paid."

Consider this example of a person who only learned this lesson afterwards and not afterwards: In front of the room, a woman spoke to a group from a small town about the recovery from addiction. A person in the audience asked how much it cost to rehab a person. When the spokesman replied, the person replied, "Drug rehabilitation is so expensive!" Another person in the audience started laughing. "I spent $ 60,000 on my son's medical and legal expenses and what he stole from me. Drug rehabilitation is cheap compared to what I paid for."

It is difficult to accomplish this until you try to save a person from addiction. Only after the bills have risen will the real costs become apparent.

 Broken Door

What does a family see when one of their loved ones is addicted? Costs like this:

Hospitalization and medical expenses due to drug-related infections, illnesses, overdoses and other illnesses
Loss of household items, jewelry, electronics and other valuables due to theft
Theft and embezzlement of companies
Damage to households, companies or vehicles
Costs related to arrests and detentions
Attorney fees
Injuries to spouse, children, parents, grandparents or other family members
Caring for children of the addicted person

The brutal truth is that these terrible costs are borne by the family until the day that addiction is addressed through an effective rehab program.

Paying bills

At the end of a loved one's addiction, there is often high credit card debt and the cost of unpaid taxes or divorce.

A woman whose sober husband reverted to a methamphetamine habit had credit card debt of $ 60,000 and IRS debt of $ 40,000. It took her years to work through a bankruptcy with the help of a lawyer, negotiate with the IRS, and recover emotionally and financially from the experience. Add to that the cost of your divorce. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is the norm rather than an exception.

A heroin addict may pay $ 50 a day or more for the drug. This money has to come from somewhere, and if the person is not now (or never) a "working" addict who is able to have a job, dishonest activity may be required to pay for these medicines theft of valuables or cash, shoplifting and then selling or refunding items from shops or prostitution. Or it can be a continuous "borrowing" from friends or family until they find that they never get their money back.

When an addict is given an infusion of cash, such as inheritance or settlement, it is very common for the addiction to completely drain that money, usually fairly quickly.

Simply put, addiction is expensive. Very very expensive.

Foresight in this situation is rare… but infinitely valuable

 drug and toy car

Imagine the following: A parent realizes that the strange and persistent problems of an adult son lead to drug use. There were lost jobs, tickets, car accidents, relationship problems, illnesses or fatigue. Then there can be direct signs of drug use, such as needles, marijuana supplies, empty alcohol or cough medicine bottles. The realization of the real reason for the person's problems suddenly dawns. The "lost" jewelry or other valuables now make sense.

It is extremely difficult for most people at this moment to fully master the scale of the problem. Rejection is a common response. There may also be hope that the family will come to this person to stop using drugs.

This person is likely to be offered several opportunities if he promises to do better. But until that person steps through the door of an effective rehab program, the financial losses will continue to add up.

If this parent (or spouse, sibling, grandparent or other family member) had a 100% foresight, they would see how the astronomical costs would add up in the future. And they would realize that it would be cheaper to do the rehab right now, at that minute, than to let this addiction last an hour longer than necessary.

Personal and emotional costs

These costs should not be overlooked. The emotional strain of watching a loved one through the worsening associated with drug or alcohol addiction is devastating. It can take years for them to recover, and some people will never feel that way again after losing someone they loved very much through drugs or drinking. Very often, along with emotional suffering, is a diminished ability to thrive in business or work.

The other costs that should be mentioned are the very real possibility of losing the life of a loved one. With fentanyl, not only in heroin stores, but also in cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs, it's too easy to lose your life. These costs are just too high to bear.

A good and effective rehabilitation program is not cheap. Families sometimes have to pool their resources to cover the costs when insurance to cover the costs is not available.

My wish for you is that the information in this article will help you develop the foresight you need to realize the real costs of continuing addiction. In this situation, family foresight can save tens of thousands of dollars and possibly even lives.

Reviewed and published by Claire Pinelli, ICAADC, CCS, LADC, RAS, MCAP

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