Have you ever said these words to yourself or to someone else: “I can’t get treatment for my heroin use. It will cost too much. It’s better to just go on the way I am.” There are several things wrong with these statements, one of which is that telling yourself continued abuse is better than seeking treatment is always a mistake. In many cases, it is a lie to keep from having to face the full extent of your addiction and the problems it is causing in your life. Another problem with saying this is treatment actually doesn’t cost as much as heroin abuse, let alone as much as it will allow you to gain when you recover safely.
Detox.com’s new study highlights the cost of heroin detox and treatment versus the amount you will gain if you choose to seek the help you need. In addition, you can also see how continuing to use heroin will likely cost you more in a month than the price of a year of treatment.
First of all, most individuals who seek addiction treatment for heroin choose methadone maintenance. This program offers behavioral therapy sessions (often both individual and group), maintenance medication (which you can choose to stay on or be weaned off of once you have been stabilized), and in most cases, any necessary medical treatments you will require for a safe recovery. The program usually costs around $12 a day, and Detox.com estimates you should expect to pay around $4,700 a year for this treatment program. Of course, if you have insurance or you qualify for low-cost or free care, these costs could be even lower.
The price is nothing when you compare it to how much you will gain. Medications with minimize your withdrawal symptoms, which will only require $10-$12 a day, instead of the $200 a day you might spend on heroin just to stave off withdrawal. Behavioral therapy can help you work through the reasons why you started using drugs in the first place as well as help you learn better life skills for avoiding relapse in the future. In addition, many methadone maintenance centers offer programs like vocational counseling, nutritional counseling, legal aid, and other options that can be essential for recovery. If the facility itself does not provide these options, it will often offer you community vouchers that will allow you to find the help you need offsite.
Now, compare this to the price of heroin abuse, which will require at least $200 every day and which can lead to $5,000 ED visits, $50,000 fines, and losing your friends, family members, job, and everything else you hold dear. You can clearly see how the expense of addiction treatment is minimal compared to the many things you can gain from seeking the care you need.
If you have been using heroin for many years or even for a few months, seeking help is always the safest option, and you will always gain more in the long run.