How Much is Alcohol Addiction Costing You?
In the United States we’ve come up with some stereotypes for what we consider different types of alcoholics. Two of the most common are binge drinkers, sometimes referred to as partiers or by other terms, and those that have to have something to drink on any typical day. These aren’t the scientific categories the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute Of Health (NIH), and the National Epidemiological Survey On Alcohol And Related Conditions (NESARC), or medical professionals use, but they do define some aspects of alcohol use disorder. Each of these types of alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction can cost individuals in different ways: financially, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
At DayBreak we have a myriad of alcohol and drug rehab options. We offer many types of therapy, including inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and specialized care plans like Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) for our clients. If you’d like any information on any of our levels of care for treating alcoholism, please give us a call today at (844) 695-0083.
The Financial Cost of Addiction
First and foremost, depending on what a typical day of drinking consists of for you, especially if you’re binge drinking on a regular basis, you could be spending thousands of dollars or even tens of thousands on alcohol alone each year. However, this isn’t the highest financial cost when it comes to drinking and other substance use disorders. The second category is the costs of dangerous behavior. Alcohol abuse causes people to make bad decisions, most notably when it comes to driving, and the cost of an accident, a ticket, personal injury or worse and higher insurance costs can add up substantially. Third, one of the costs of alcoholism is often to a person’s career. Alcohol abuse and drug abuse can cause job loss, or at a minimum cause an individual to not advance or stay in low paying jobs due to tardiness, absence from work, bad work product, and many other behaviors that are caused by alcohol addiction and abuse.
How Much An Alcohol Addiction Is Really Costing You
Drug addiction, whether it involves prescription opioids, cocaine, or other substances, and alcohol addiction both cause damage to a person’s mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, another one of the costs of alcoholism is to families and social structures in a person’s life. Mentally, substance abuse can cause stress, depression, and anxiety. These can become a vicious circle and also lead to to a dual diagnosis, requiring treatment of a cooccurring disorder. Emotionally, drugs and alcohol are also often used to self medicate. Alcohol can cause mood swings and other emotional trauma which can affect many parts of a person’s life. Socially people often isolate themselves when they abuse drugs and alcohol. This can lead to relationship breakups, loss of family connections, and other negative impacts.
Will You Lose Everything?
One of the costs of alcoholism could certainly be that you lose everything. This is not to be grim, but to warn people that alcohol is usually doing more damage than the person themselves realizes. If you notice one of your loved ones is beginning down a slippery slope, there are treatment programs you can recommend, and if you need more information on how to approach someone, education resources at a treatment center near you. At DayBreak, we are just a call away.
Help for Alcohol Addiction at DayBreak
The costs of addiction can be mitigated by taking advantage of one of the many treatment programs available at DayBreak Treatment Solutions. Inpatient and outpatient rehab for alcohol addiction are both available. We have various types of treatment so that we can help as many people as possible. We also have alcohol detox services for those who are going through alcohol withdrawal as a first step in their addiction recovery. If you or one of your loved ones needs help, we’re here for you. Call us today at DayBreak at (844) 695-0083.