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Drug Addiction: “You Don’t Understand Me”

Addiction is influenced by your specific body, biology and brain chemistry. It is a result of your past experiences and your current environment. It reflects your personality and that of the people around you. It is the accumulation of an infinite number of factors that can never be duplicated or replicated.

Knowing this, how could anyone ever understand you? How could they understand the and why of your addiction? How could they help? They can, because although addiction is a unique and individual experience, it is also a universal and shared one.

The Guardian[1] shares, “One in seven Americans will experience a problem with alcohol or other drug misuse in their lifetimes, and some 20 million have current substance use disorders.”

No one faces your specific circumstances, but many can and do understand. As with any disease, there are treatment paths and outlines. As with any disease, addiction’s expression and your experience of it are influenced by past and present factors. Treatment outlines adjust to fit your unique circumstances. Professionals and programs recognize and provide for your personal recovery needs.

Understanding Addiction on a Biological Level

Brain retro xrayAddiction is a biological disease. As the American Society of Addiction Medicine[2] (ASAM) explains, “Genetic factors account for about half of the likelihood that an individual will develop addiction.” The body and brain you are born with shape your future drug use trajectory. This doesn’t mean addiction is inevitable or inescapable. It means you need to be aware of your genetic risk and how it impacts your thoughts, behaviors, and recovery. Treatment professionals understand addiction on a biological level. They help you explore how your genes and your physical health have interacted with your drug use. They understand how some factors leading to addiction were beyond your control. Michael’s House helps you develop coping mechanisms for managing your health. We provide the experienced medical support that is a necessary part of full understanding and recovery.

Understanding Addiction on a Social Level

Addiction is a social disease. Friends, family, peers and community members have influenced and continue to influence your drug use. A lack thereof can be just as detrimental. You may think no one understands your addiction, but your addiction may be the result not understanding others.

The Huffington Post[3] explains, “Human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find — the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe…A heroin addict has bonded with heroin because she couldn’t bond as fully with anything else.”

Before you retreat further into addiction with the excuse that no one understands, consider how reaching out could lead to discovering much-needed social support. Recovering from addiction involves more than knowing how people influenced your drug use. It involves knowing how they can help you heal. You can and will find others in recovery who understand you. Open up to others. Share your story and listen to theirs. No one perfectly fits the stereotypical “addict” mold. You may not find understanding from everyone, but you will find understanding from someone. You will find people who have had similar life experiences, face similar challenges, and feel and think similarly about certain issues or concerns. Doing so begins with knowing that others understand you, and you can understand them. Make yourself open to the possibility of friendship and support.

Supportive friendsRecovery involves finding a community of like-minded, supportive peers. Negate social risk factors by finding the people who understand your desire for a better, healthier life. ASAM explains, “As in other health conditions, self-management, with mutual support, is very important in recovery from addiction. Peer support such as that found in various ‘self-help’ activities is beneficial in optimizing health status and functional outcomes in recovery. Recovery from addiction is best achieved through a combination of self-management, mutual support, and professional care provided by trained and certified professionals.” Michael’s House teaches self-management skills. We teach you how to find personal strength and the strength to find additional help when you need it. We connect you to professionals who understand addiction and recovery. We connect you to peers who may just become lifelong, sober friends.

How Can Treatment Help Me, Specifically?

You may think you don’t need treatment. You may think other patients won’t have a similar story to yours. You may think professionals can’t help you with your personal challenges. None of this is true. No matter how “mild” your substance abuse or addiction seems, treatment helps. No matter how alone you feel, understanding exists. Call Michael’s House and speak with our caring, compassionate staff. We want to get to know and understand you. We can create a personalized treatment path that reflects your unique situation and recovery needs.


[1] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/18/us-drug-alcohol-addiction-statistics-treatment-reform. “US addiction statistics are dire. Small changes won’t solve the problem.” The Guardian. 18 Nov 2016. Web. 23 Mar 2017.

[2] http://www.asam.org/quality-practice/definition-of-addiction/. “Definition of Addiction.” American Society of Addiction Medicine. 19 Apr 2011. Web. 23 Mar 2017.

[3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/the-real-cause-of-addicti_b_6506936.html. “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think.” Huffington Post. 25 Jan 2016. Web. 24 Mar 2017.

Your Drug Addiction – Who Does It Hurt?

You’ve been using drugs or alcohol for a while now. You recognize that you use in unhealthy ways or amounts, but you’re not really sure it’s a problem. You’re pretty sure you’ve managed to hide your use from your boss, your family, or your friends. You still feel okay, even if some aspects of life may seem a little out of control.

Unfortunately no matter how much you deny the impact of substance use on yourself and your loved ones, addiction does hurt. You know this is the truth at the same time your addiction argues otherwise. Addiction has changed your life. It changes the lives of people around you.

Drug Addiction Hurts You

Woman in denial with hand over faceYou have denied, minimized, ignored, or excused it. However, the truth is that addiction hurts you. It changes how you feel and how you think. You’ve given up things that once brought you joy. You wake up feeling sick or sore. You don’t feel like the same person you once were. This sometimes seems okay, especially if you began using drugs or alcohol because you didn’t feel good in the first place. However no matter what mental or physical health challenges you face, you have to recognize that substance use hasn’t made them better. One or more aspects of your life has suffered.

The American Psychiatric Association explains, “Substance use disorders are associated with impairments in psychological development and social adjustment, family and social relations, school and work performance, financial status, health, and personal independence (e.g., as a result of legal charges associated with substance use, suspension of the individual’s driver’s license after being convicted of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance).”

You have been hurt by addiction. Drugs or alcohol may let you push aside concerns for short periods of time, but these physical, mental, social, or emotional concerns return. They return and hurt even more than before. Recovery brings real healing and real relief.

Drug Addiction Hurts Your Family

You feel like you put on a good show around your family. You smile when you’re supposed to. You hide the extent of your drug or alcohol use and stay away when you are high. You think you’ve managed to protect those you love the most. However, anything one family member does can hurt the others.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration[1] shares, “A family is a system, and in any system each part is related to all other parts. Consequently, a change in any part of the system will bring about changes in all other parts.”

Addiction impacts everyone in the family even if you are the only one it has directly changed. Positive change can have a similar cascading effect. Getting clean and sober means healing the hurt you have unintentionally caused those who love you most.

Drug Addiction Hurts The Community

Police officer with patrol carYou don’t have to personally know someone for your addiction to impact their life. On a large scale, addiction touches every single life with no exception. The Surgeon General shares, “Alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, misuse of medications, and substance use disorders are estimated to cost the United States more than $400 billion in lost workplace productivity (in part, due to premature mortality), health care expenses, law enforcement, and other criminal justice costs (e.g., drug-related crimes), and losses from motor vehicle crashes.”

You don’t even have to look at the social impact of addiction to see how it changes lives. On just a purely financial level, every taxpayer is hurt by substance abuse. Coworkers face greater workloads on the job as they take up your slack. You risk the lives of strangers through vehicle or other accidents. You support crime and the cost of fighting that crime. You hurt the community by removing your contributions to it. Addiction is not an individual problem. It hurts every life. Recovery goes a long way towards healing that hurt. It lets you give back to the world rather than take from it.[2]

Drug Addiction Hurts

Drug addiction hurts you. It hurts the people you love and the people you haven’t yet had a chance to meet. Continued drug use puts your life, your family, and your community at risk. Begin the healing process to end the hurt and harm. Feel better and protect your family. Call Michael’s House at 760-548-4032 and learn about your opportunities for a bigger, better life.


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64269/. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 2004. Web. 22 Mar 2017.

[2] https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf. Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Nov 2016. Web. 22 Mar 2017.

Coping Skills for a Sober Life

Sobriety requires intentionality. You have to rebuild your life to make sobriety a reality. And it’s not just about refraining from drug use; it’s about managing your mental and physical wellness so you don’t become vulnerable to relapse. Drug rehab is a key step in recovery, but once you leave rehab, your sobriety hinges on the decisions you make. Coping skills are essential to help you stay on track each day.

Physical Health

When you are addicted to drugs, there are often several long-term consequences. Some of these health problems may include lung or cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease and Hepatitis B or C.[1] To keep cravings at bay, you’ll need to get your body back on track.Regular exercise is very beneficial for someone in addiction recovery. It makes you feel stronger and more energetic. You may feel extra tired when you start exercising. Once your body adjusts, you’ll look forward to exercise as it boosts your endorphins and gets your blood flowing more freely.

You can try yoga, a fun aerobics class, biking, or even walking in your neighborhood every day. A simple exercise plan will help you keep you on track. Exercise boosts your mood and makes your body learn how to feel good without drug use. Exercise is also a great stress reliever, which you’ll need as you make big changes in your life.

Bicycling family

Mental Health

Mental wellness is another key part of staying sober. Painful emotions are a pathway for relapse, so you need to be aware of your moods. If you have a diagnosed mental illness—such as depression or PTSD—be sure you take your medication, go to your treatment sessions, and do whatever your doctor recommends. Putting off your mental health care is not an option.

Also, keep in mind what events or places cause you stress. Do you need to learn how to let go of an argument? Maybe you need to take a more flexible point of view? Perhaps you just need to unwind your muscles on a regular basis? There are lots of ways to relieve stress so you can have a positive mindset – funny movies, journal writing, some alone time, a long walk, prayer, or listening to something inspirational. Do these kinds of things regularly to fight off negativity and anxiety.

Social Environment

Your social connections with friends, family and support group members can help you get through the ups and downs in your sobriety. This group will congratulate you on your victories and also lift you up when you are down. Staying connected to sober people is a terrific and vital coping skill. But you must communicate with them about the challenges you face with your sobriety.

It’s not enough just to know them and make small talk when you are around each other. You need to take the risk of opening up. When you cultivate honest, caring relationships you’ll have someone to laugh with and someone to cry with.

Putting It All Together

As you move forward in your recovery, your sobriety depends on having—and using—coping skills. Keep in mind that drug addiction is a chronic disease like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes or cancer.[2] Continual treatment is required. We at Michael’s House are here to help you stay sober. If you would like to talk to one of our admissions counselors, please call today.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/addiction-health What Are the Medical Consequences of Drug Addiction?

[2] https://archives.drugabuse.gov/publications/drug-abuse-addiction-one-americas-most-challenging-public-health-problems/addiction-chronic-disease Addiction is a Chronic Disease.

Surviving Heroin Addiction

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs. People who use heroin often develop a tolerance, which means that they need higher and/or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effects.[1] 

Heroin can take over someone’s life in short order. Each time you use heroin, overdose is a possibility. It’s like playing Russian Roulette –when the gun points at you, will it be loaded this time? Or will it be a friend that dies this time? It can be hard to see a way out of this kind of hellish maze. People can and do survive heroin addiction, but it takes courage to get help.

How Heroin Works And How It Kills

Heating heroin in spoonA heroin user likely snorts or injects the drug into the blood stream. Heroin users are commonly thought of as urban homeless criminals, but heroin use cuts across all ages and lifestyles. In 2012, approximately 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year. This figure is up from an estimated 373,000 in 2007.[2]

Heroin acts as a depressant to the natural body systems in charge of breathing. Because of this, a heroin habit can lead to respiratory failure that leads to overdose which may cause death. The purity of heroin is often unpredictable. This fact makes the risk of an overdose ever present. The same amount of heroin used from one day to the next can be disappointing or fatal. It is also common for heroin deaths to occur from the drug being taken with other physical depressants like alcohol.

Heroin And A Risky Lifestyle

Heroin users are likely to do just about anything to be sure they have a steady supply. Not only do they have a strong urge to use the drug over and over, but they also try to avoid deeply unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. If getting heroin means they need to take risks, then they will take whatever risks are necessary.

People may offer sexual favors for drugs or cash. Others may take money from friends and family, commit crimes, or even sell drugs to get what they need. They spend time with shady characters that will not hesitate to kill if they don’t like the drug deal. A drug addict risks being put behind bars and getting caught up in a life of crime.

Getting Sober From Heroin

Getting sober is not easy, but it is definitely worth it. Heroin addicts in recovery can have withdrawal symptoms for several days at a time. Cravings can come and go long after their last use. Sobriety is ultimately better than active addiction, but daily life can be full of tests and temptations.

It takes a good support network and commitment to a high-quality drug program to make sobriety work. But even with all this, the addict has to want and work for sobriety each and every day. They have to be the one who makes sobriety their ultimate priority. Over time, sobriety can become more familiar than addiction. Surviving heroin addiction is possible – contact us today to learn more or get started today.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin What Is Heroin?

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin/scope-heroin-use-in-united-states What Is the Scope of Heroin Use in the United States?

Drug Treatment or Cold Turkey

When a person with drug addiction decides they may need to slow down or even quit their drug use, they might strongly consider going cold turkey. Just drop it all at once and gut out the symptoms. They don’t need a shrink telling them what to feel or what to do, and they certainly don’t need to share their feelings with bunch of strangers. This might be the mindset of someone who decides to go cold turkey from drugs or alcohol – a lone wolf who’s confident and gutsy. But is this really the best way to handle a tough drug addiction?

coldturkey

Pros and Cons To Cold Turkey Approach

Let’s go over a few pros to the cold turkey approach. First, the addict may feel a strong sense of control over their situation. They may also feel some pride in believing they are self sufficient enough to manage something so “bad”. Deciding to tough it out may boost their ego. They can demostrate they are capable of handling it. It could also show that their drug use really wasn’t as bad as everyone has said.

Unfortunately, a lot of the benefit of going cold turkey is on the front end of the process. The idea of it may sound good, but following through the entire withdrawal process without any professional help often ends with relapse or other trouble. Symptoms can be miserable and even somewhat dangerous if a person has other health conditions. Relapse risk is very high simply because the quickest way to end the misery is to use again. And that usually ends the cold turkey process dead in its tracks. Perhaps a good theory, but for the true drug addict or alcoholic, very difficult to carry out in practice with healthy lasting results.

Pros and Cons To Drug Treatment

First, the cons to drug treatment. It will take time and patience to complete a full drug treatment program. This could also mean a halfway house or sober living arrangement for a while until sobriety is better established. This could be tough for a person with a job or a family to look after. However, the alternatives are to either continue with the drug use or go cold turkey. Neither of those prospects will result in good things for a job or a family.

Drug treatment can also cost some money. These days, everyone has to watch their wallet closely. Drug addicts and alcoholics may not want to spend another dime if they are in dire straights with their finances. On the other hand, what would happen if the addiction wore on? Would they eventually lose their job or continue to spend foolishly? Yes, most likely. And thankfully, there are many financial options with insurance, government supported programs, and payment plans. Drug treatment can actually save your finances.

Drug Treatment Or Cold Turkey

So what do you think? Drug treatment or cold turkey? Which approach will truly help you get and stay sober? When you are ready to consider drug treatment, it only takes a phone call to get started.

Drug Addiction Education for Parents

When it comes to teen drug addiction, prevention usually comes in the form of talking to teenagers about the dangers and health issues that result when drugs are an issue. The risks of drug addiction, drug overdose, teen pregnancy, and disease through unprotected sex, as well as death due to accident or negligent behavior, are the primary focus at high schools, teen centers, and other anti-drug venues.

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While this has had an effect on the perception of drug and alcohol danger, it has only marginally decreased the incidents of use and possession of drugs among teens. Perhaps another approach to disseminating information about the risks associated with drug abuse and addiction is to educate parents and caregivers.

Drug Addiction Education: Never Assume

There are a few assumptions that we, as a community, tend to work under. One is that parents are knowledgeable about the dangers facing their children. It is assumed that parents are functional themselves and if there were any drug use in the home, it would have been figured out long before the kids reached high school.

Unfortunately, children are often more knowledgeable than their parents about drugs and alcohol, their availability, use, and the risks of addiction. While arming teenagers with the information they need to protect themselves, it is helpful for those who are still straddling the fence to have parents at home who can reinforce what they’re learning at school.

Parental Drug Addiction Education Tactics

There are a number of different ways to get the information to parents that they need to protect their kids. Sending home flyers with the kids or emailing them directly to parents may be helpful. Including short informational sessions for parents at school events such as school plays, band or choral concerts, can be beneficial as well. Back-to-School Nights at the beginning of the year for parents can include a short segment on drug problems, drug addiction, what to look for, and how to help your child.

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Drug Addiction

There is quite a bit of information that parents need to know about teen drug addiction in order to best help their children stand strong against drug abuse. These include:

  • The mechanisms of peer pressure and specific things kids can say to stand up to it
  • What drugs look like so that they will know it when they see it
  • Slang terms for drugs and getting high so that they will know when their children are talking about it
  • The signs and symptoms of specific drugs of addiction so that you know what drugs to look for
  • Drugs that are prevalent in that particular region
  • Locations of local drug trade, such as where people go to buy different drugs so that parents can make sure their children don’t frequent these places

Increasing the communication between parents and teenagers starts with a conversation in which both sides are knowledgeable. Giving parents the same – and more – information to talk intelligently to their children can help them know the signs, know what to look and listen for and help their kids avoid dangerous places.

Should Drug Addicts Be Allowed to Get Organ Transplants?

Organ transplants remain unreliable in America with thousands of wait-listed people dying each year before they get a transplant. For people with a history of addiction, the ability to get an organ is even more uncertain as many hospitals and states interpret rules for getting a transplant in different ways.

The medical science behind organ transplants is decades old, but the guidelines governing who gets a transplant are still murky. Before the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act, transplant centers and surgical teams made their own decisions about who qualified for a transplant. Even with a current national registry and rules that require transplants to be based on medical criteria, there is plenty of wiggle room in the system allowing individual centers to make final determinations.[1]

Surgery with doctors and nursesOn the most basic level a person needs access to a physician to get a referral for a transplant. Even with a referral, several factors govern acceptance, including a history of substance use. Transplant center staff choose who is accepted; some allow a history of addiction, while others do not.[2] Studies show people with a history of addiction rarely relapse after receiving a donor organ. Around 6 percent of alcoholics and 4 percent of illicit drug users relapse after an organ transplant. Many people with a history of substance use are susceptible to organ disease, particularly liver diseases. Without a new liver, these patients die.[3]

Considering how difficult it is for anyone to get an organ transplant, particularly someone in recovery, it’s difficult to imagine someone receiving two transplants due to relapse. Ethically, the idea of giving a person two transplants is complicated when the number of available organs is limited.

One case of a woman in western Australia illustrates the complexity of the issue. Claire Murray, 24, received a liver transplant after a history of heroin and amphetamine use. After relapsing to heroin use, she needed a new liver, but could not get approval for a new one in Australia. After an emotional campaign by her family, she received a $250,000 interest-free loan from the western Australia government to undergo an experimental live liver transplant in Singapore. Murray died due to complications from surgery, making the case even more gut wrenching and complicated.[4]

Should Threat of Relapse Prevent a Transplant?

Some activists point to the fact Murray wasted her opportunity with her first liver transplant as proof patients who relapse shouldn’t get a second chance. A former drug addict has a difficult time getting onto a transplant list, period. Some organizations won’t include anyone with a history of drug and alcohol use, especially if relapse is an issue.

The ethical considerations of any organ transplant make judgment calls difficult. For example, who decides what kind of substance use should keep someone off the list? Some hospitals allow patients who smoke or drink alcohol on the list but prohibit patients who use medical marijuana. Some believe the United States needs to standardize organ transplant guidelines and develop a list of medical criteria that governs who is put on the waiting list.

Even without standard guidelines, many hospitals are more open to offering transplants to recovering addicts. Moderns research into addiction and the psychological elements of the disease take away some of the moral stigma that governed past transplant decisions.

Are There Other Viable Options for Drug Addicts?

For most, though, if denied a spot on the transplant list, there are no other options. Some believe the current status is justified while others see the system as flawed.

Providing treatment for drug addiction is a good option for those who hope for a transplant organ. Learning how to live without drugs and alcohol is a benefit for anyone struggling with addiction, but doubly so for those with co-occurring disorders like liver disease.

Michael’s House is an evidence-based provider of addiction treatment with experience treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. For questions about finding the right treatment for you or your loved one, call our admissions coordinators today.


[1] Minelli, Erin & Liang, Bryan A. (2011). Transplant Candidates and Substance Use: Adopting Rational Health Policy for Resource Allocation. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Retrieved Mar. 27, 2017 from http://repository.law.umich.edu/mjlr/vol44/iss3/4

[2]Caplan, A. (2014). Bioethics of Organ Transplantation. Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine. Retrieved Mar. 27, 2017 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3935394/.

[3] Wiley-Blackwell. (2008). Former Substance Abusers Rarely Relapse After Organ Transplantation. ScienceDaily. Retrieved Mar. 27, 2017 from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080204111816.htm.

[4] Sapienza, Joseph. (2010). Family, friends farewell Claire Murray. WAToday. Retrieved Mar. 27, 2017 from http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/family-friends-farewell-claire-murray-20100413-s5rk.html.

Job Market Review: Drug Dealers in Gangs and Drug Addiction

A little bit of online research revealed some unhappy numbers for crack dealers and hopeful crack dealers. The lure of being in a gang and selling drugs to move up through the ranks and gain “respect” often ends one of two ways: prison or death. Either way, drug addiction plagues those who sell drugs as well as those close to them, including their families.

Selling Drugs: How Much Money Do They Really Make?

Drug deal going downDespite what you see in movies, dealing drugs is not as lucrative as you might think. It seems that a researcher who had access to a certain gang’s records and finances found out that the average crack dealer on the corner only makes about $4.57 an hour.[1]

Second, the occupational hazards of the job are very harsh. The annual death rate was marked at about 7 percent, a number that increases to 25 percent after four years. (Why the increase? Perhaps disgruntled customers or competition tend to target those who have made a name for themselves?)

Even if you made thousands of dollars an hour, remember you can’t spend it from the grave. When you sell drugs, you either die or go to jail.

The Myth of Drug Dealing and Sales

No matter how you add it up, being a crack dealer (or a drug dealer of any kind) isn’t going to do much for your financial standing. Unfortunately, kids are seduced by glamorous depictions of rich drug lords on TV, Hollywood and in their own communities. They think that if they put in the time that they, too, will one day be driving fancy cars, wearing lots of gold and buying houses for their mother. The fact is, that very few people profit off of selling drugs. The people who do make a profit are high up in the chain. The fact is that making it to the top of a drug business alive is practically impossible. An article in the New York Times states that crack business is really a modern, brutalized version of a 19th-century sweatshop.[2]

Drug Addiction Among Drug Sellers

Drug dealer snorting cocaineOne of the biggest issues of individuals selling drugs is the development of their own drug addiction. Ready access to large amounts of drugs (and large amounts of money) in the midst of high emotional stress often leads to drug addiction.

Another issue is having legal problems. Whether it is getting caught for the crimes they have to do to supplement their income since they’re using more drugs for personal purposes or for selling drugs, drug dealers are no longer eligible for drug addiction treatment through drug court. When selling or violence is an issue, no drug court will give you drug addiction treatment instead of prison.

Healing Drug Addiction and Getting Out of Selling

If you struggle drug addiction, the time to stop is now. Rates of death are as high among drug addicts as they are among drug dealers, if not higher. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic. Get the help you need. Call Michael’s House today to speak with an admission coordinator who will answer all of your questions.


[1] http://cw39.com/2014/12/10/average-drug-seller-doesnt-make-minimum-wage-says-anti-drug-web-site/ Average Drug Seller Doesn’t Make Minimum Wage, Says Anti-Drug Site.

[2] http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/26/nyregion/selling-crack-myth-wealth-special-report-despite-its-promise-riches-crack-trade.html?pagewanted=all Selling Crack: The Myth of Wealth — A Special Report: Despite Its Promise of Riches, The Crack Trade Seldom Pays. Kolata, Gina. Published November 26th, 1989.

How Much Does Drug Rehab Cost

While you obviously can’t put a price on recovery from drug addiction, the fact is that drug rehab costs money. In some cases, it can cost quite a bit of money. While more and more insurance carriers and employers are covering the cost of treatment, it is still important to know what benefits you are entitled to before registering and committing to payment.

The following is a rough estimate of some drug rehab costs. Of course, like many services, there is a wide range of costs associated with treatment, but this list should serve as a base of what cost could be for you.

The Cost of Outpatient Drug Rehab

Writing a checkOutpatient treatment is generally best for patients whose addiction is less severe or who have not been treated for an addiction in the past. Within outpatient treatment, there is a wide range of services available ranging from intensive therapy to basic drug education.[i] Programs may also range in duration; however, 30 days is a common time frame for outpatient care. All these factors and more affect the cost of treatment, but outpatient drug rehab programs generally cost between $3,000 and$12,000. While that is a fairly large price range, there are several factors which help determine the cost including the following:

  • Length of stay
  • Geographic area (New York, LA and other major urban areas tend to run higher)
  • The types and number of programs included in the plan

Outpatient rehab offers many benefits for patients, particularly the flexibility to maintain family and even employment responsibilities. Patients often can continue to stay at their own homes at nighttime and may even be able to continue working a normal schedule.[ii] By being able to continue working for a paycheck and avoiding addition costs like childcare of home upkeep while way, outpatient treatment can be even more cost effective.

The Cost of Residential Drug Rehab

Residential treatment—also called inpatient treatment—is often a much more intensive form of addiction treatment. Those who choose residential drug rehab choose to leave their normal setting and lifestyle to focus solely on addiction recovery. Inpatient facilities offer round-the-clock care for patients in their programs.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that residential addiction treatment costs more than outpatient care. Simply put, these facilities have more overhead—including staff, cuisine, etc.—and therefore cost more. The average cost of residential rehab is between $7,500 and $35,000 for a 30-day stay.  However, many patients who need inpatient treatment will need to stay more than 30 days—generally at least 60 to 90 days. The higher of these prices tend to be for luxury drug rehab facilities located in scenic locales such as Malibu, California and Park City, Utah.

Although inpatient recovery is more expensive, there are great benefits to residential rehab. Because patients can devote more time and attention to recovery, they learn more skills and adaptations for life without drugs. Residential care also allows more time for individualized therapy and counseling so that participants can work with trained counselors to uncover personal struggles that led to addiction. Inpatient care also often specializes in preparing patients for re-entry into a world full of past triggers and temptations and offers follow-up programs for this time following re-entry.[iii]

Finding the Right Treatment

There is a price to be paid for drug rehab, but the benefits can be invaluable. The price that you will likely pay for continuing in addiction—loss of job, relationships, freedom and even life—will be much higher than the money dedicated to recovery. Finding a drug rehab program that meets your needs can help you find sobriety and learn how to master the tools that will help you live a happy, fulfilling life.

Please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinators who can answer all your questions concerning rehab, including the cost. We can check your insurance coverage too in order to see what financial help is available to you. Please call now.


[i] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs

[ii] https://psychcentral.com/lib/differences-between-outpatient-and-inpatient-treatment-programs/

[iii] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction

Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

Drug addiction is one of the biggest problems we face today. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users.[1] This statistic doesn’t include prescription drug abuse. Based on these statistics, it is clear that millions of people need help for drug abuse.

Addicted man thinking of treatmentDrug use creates a variety of physical, psychological, financial and social problems. When an individual decides to get high, it affects not only the drug user but also their family, friends, co-workers, and community.The impact of addiction can be far reaching. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung disease can all be affected by drug abuse.[2]

If you get high while on the job, you are more likely to get injured or do lackluster work. You are also more likely to operate an automobile under the influence and put the lives of others on the road in danger. Despite this fact, only ten percent of those with drug problems seek the treatment they so desperately need. Why is this number so low?

The producers and researchers of the hit HBO documentary series Addiction performed a survey to look closer at drug addiction. What follows are the fascinating results.[3]

Why People Don’t Seek Treatment

  • 94.4% did not feel that they needed treatment
  • 4.1% felt like they needed treatment and did make an effort to get it
  • 1.4% felt like they needed treatment and did not make an effort to get it

Even more interesting are the responses from those individuals who did seek treatment, but did not receive it. These individuals stated the following reasons for not getting treatment.

  • 44.4% said cost/insurance barriers kept them from getting treatment
  • 21.2% said they were not ready to stop using drugs
  • 21.1% named other access barriers
  • 18.5% said they were afraid of the negative stigma of drug addiction treatment
  • 9.4% said they did not know where to go for treatment
  • 3.8% said they did not have time for treatment
  • 0.4% said they thought treatment would not help them

You may think you don’t need professional help and that your substance abuse is not a problem; just talk about it with us. We can help you. If you struggle with drug addiction—in any form—please know you can seek professional treatment. On many occasions, substance abuse treatment is covered by your insurance. With the Affordable Care Act of 2008, it became mandatory for many employers to cover a portion of substance abuse treatment.[4]

If you’re not sure, just give us a call. One of our professionally trained substance abuse counselors or admittance coordinators will walk you through the process so you can get the information you need about the recovery process. Please don’t allow any of the reasons above to stop you from getting the help you need. We offer treatment plans to fit your needs. It’s time to move past drug abuse and get healthy again.


[1] https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHresultsPDFWHTML2013/Web/NSDUHresults2013.pdf Results from 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings.

[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/medical-consequences-drug-abuse Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse.

[3] https://www.hbo.com/addiction/pdf/USATodayPoll.pdf USA Today/HBO Addiction Poll.

[4] https://www.samhsa.gov/health-financing/implementation-mental-health-parity-addiction-equity-act Implementation of the Mental Health Parity Act.