While each person is different, and their experience with a substance use disorder is different, there are some general consequences that have a high likelihood of occurring. These consequences could take the form of economic damage, legal issues, damaged relationships, and loss of property and living arrangements.
Getting help is always possible, no matter how bad things may be.
How Much Does a Drug Habit Cost?
Drugs cost money, and the market and industry around them can pull people into a deepening spiral of use, psychological dependence, and crime. Many people turn to petty theft or sex work to maintain their access to drugs, often at the cost of their relationships, their prospects, and their health.
In 2017, the CEO of an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility told Psychology Today that “the real cost of America’s drug epidemic exceeds $1 trillion,” based on how much money is spent on health care, law enforcement, criminal justice, lost wages, treatment, and drug-related crimes. That figure is expected to rise in the face of regressive drug policies and a de-emphasis on evidence-based treatment methods.