Abusing heroin can absolutely cost you more than seeking treatment for your ongoing addiction. Many people avoid getting the professional assistance they need because they are afraid it will cost them too much: not just financially but also through a loss of pride when they have to admit they need help. In truth, though, continued drug abuse (especially with a substance as dangerous as this one) is always going to cost you more than treatment.
A new study by Detox.com highlights the many prices of heroin abuse, both financial and non-financial, when compared with the price—and benefits—of seeking addiction treatment and professional heroin detox.
Drug abuse is always going to end up taking more from you in the long run. Just paying for your doses of heroin can cost as much as $200 every single day, and many people need to use this much of the drug simply to stave off withdrawal symptoms. This comes with a price tag of $72,000 a year, which can be compared with a year of methadone maintenance therapy at about $4,700. When you see these numbers, it is easy to determine which is cheaper: continuing to abuse heroin in order to avoid withdrawal is much more expensive than seeking detox or maintenance treatment.
Heroin doesn’t just cost you the amount you spend on the drug. Many people are incarcerated and fined for heroin abuse, which can reach amounts of $100,000 at the federal level. Treatment for an overdose or other complications associated with the drug can have a price tag of $5,000 for one hospital visit. Most people who are addicted to heroin put every cent they have into either obtaining the drug or paying for its other expenses, but the thing to remember is that it never stops.
Money isn’t everything, however, and heroin abuse will continue to cost you in other ways. Your health will deteriorate, you will most likely get fired from your job, your friends and family members will struggle with your substance abuse and addiction, and you might even lose your life. Overdose from heroin is such a common occurrence nowadays, especially with the introduction of illegally made fentanyl, and this overdose syndrome can quickly become life-threatening. In this way, you can clearly see the many other things heroin abuse will cost you.
On the other hand, treatment will require a sum of money, but it will also give you back so very much: your health, your self-esteem, your happiness, your relationships, and your life. You may have to pay for at least part of the program up front, but it won’t take from you in the ways continuing your abuse will. In fact, it will give you more than you’ve ever imagined, which is why it is better to choose treatment over more of the drug, recovery over continued abuse, and your future over a momentary high. Abusing heroin will always cost you more than rehab treatment will, and you deserve a life free from these high prices.