The Cost of Marijuana Addiction vs. the Cost of Rehab

The Cost of Marijuana Addiction vs. the Cost of Rehab

People struggling with addiction issues may hesitate to enter treatment programs, because they feel the cost is too high. However, they often fail to consider what the cost of their addiction really is. Addiction can take a heavy toll financially, physically, emotionally and socially. Entering a rehab program can make a great deal of sense from a cost-analysis perspective.

What Marijuana Addiction Costs

Marijuana addiction can cost users in the following ways:

  • The most obvious cost is that of the drug itself. Money spent on marijuana is money that can’t be saved or spent on something more important. The nature of addiction is that users find themselves needing more and more of the drug over time, so the monetary cost will continue to rise.
  • Recreational marijuana use is illegal. If users find themselves in legal trouble, they will need to spend money for lawyers and court costs. Spending time in prison is a possibility.
  • Marijuana addiction can cost users their jobs. This can be related to legal trouble or may simply be because the drug affects job performance. Marijuana use affects short-term memory, concentration, coordination and the ability to complete complex tasks.
  • The cost of driving under the influence of marijuana may be a driver’s license, a serious injury or even a life. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that 4 to 14% of drivers injured or killed in traffic accidents tested positive for the metabolites of marijuana. A study of drivers stopped for reckless driving found one-third of them testing positive for marijuana use. Impaired drivers may injure or kill themselves and others.
  • Marijuana addiction may cost users important relationships. Family and friends of those who are addicted often feel a great deal of frustration, anger, hurt and disappointment. Trust can be destroyed.
  • Addiction is costly in terms of wasted potential. If users were not spending so much time and energy maintaining their addictions and were free from the physical effects, they would be able to meet other more significant goals and objectives.

The Cost of Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Marijuana addiction is more costly than people may realize. Rehab, on the other hand, may be lest costly than assumed. Although programs vary greatly in terms of price, most provide a range of options and will work with clients to tailor a program that will fit their budget. Insurance may cover a significant portion of addiction treatment, and government programs can also be of assistance. Unlike the costs of addiction, the cost of rehab is limited. Once rehab has been completed and the addiction has been addressed, there will be no more costs associated with either treatment or marijuana abuse.

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