Amphetamine Addiction Costs
The following are the costs of amphetamine addiction:
- Monetary. Regular doctor appointments for amphetamine prescriptions can add up, and street costs are much more expensive ($100-$250 per gram). Penalties for being caught with amphetamine can range from a $2,000 fine and/or two years in prison all the way up to a $100,000 fine and/or imprisonment for 25 years. The monetary cost alone of an addiction is not worth continuing the substance abuse.
- Physical. The most physically dangerous part of an amphetamine addiction is the increasing possibility of an overdose. Long-term use of amphetamine can cause liver damage or even failure which would require a transplant. Heart strain leading to heart attack and stroke is also likely.
- Social. It is common for those using amphetamine and buying off the streets to change social circles. This may be done by losing friends, pushing away loved ones and becoming more closely associated with the drug supplier and others using the drug.
- Mental. For many, amphetamine abuse becomes a lifestyle or habit. Thought patterns change to revolve around amphetamine use. Long-term abuse of this drug can result in stimulant psychosis including paranoia, hallucinations and delusions.
Amphetamine Rehabilitation Costs
While amphetamine rehabilitation may seem expensive, the following benefits reveal that rehab is worth the minimal cost:
- Recovery. Rehab offers detox services to make the early stages of recovery as comfortable and effective as possible. Amphetamine rehab may involve medical detox, which uses synthetic or chemically similar drugs to lessen withdrawal symptoms and slowly wean the addict off amphetamines, or gradual detox, which gently reduces amphetamine dosage to achieve gradual sobriety. With medical supervision, the withdrawal symptoms of amphetamine can become as comfortable as possible.
- Repairing. Addiction can tear apart loved ones but, there is hope! Many rehab facilities have programs, such as group sessions and private therapy, designed to incorporate the friends and family of the recovering amphetamine user.
- Therapy. Learning how to deal with environmental triggers outside of rehab is important. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will provide the mental tools a recovering user will need once out of rehab. This form of therapy can help prevent future relapses.
In addition, rehab often costs less than expected. Insurance companies are beginning to provide more coverage for those who need drug rehab. Because outpatient programs tend to cost significantly less than inpatient programs, some insurance companies will only cover outpatient programs. Private lenders and customizable pay plans are also often provided. Some employers may even be willing to invest in their employee’s recovery by aiding in payments.
Learn More about the Costs of Amphetamine Addiction and the Costs of Rehabilitation
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please don’t hesitate to get help. Our helpline is toll-free, but amphetamine abuse is costly. Counselors are available to talk 24 hours a day. Call today and learn more about addiction and recovery.