For any number of reasons, the vast majority of alcoholics and drug addicts never get help for their disease, and one reason given (with some regularity) for not getting treatment, is an inability to pay for it.
Treatment costs can be high – many thousands of dollars for residential care, and sure, a lot of people can honestly say that they don’t have the money.
At least, they don’t have it just sitting around.
And there may be some people that, no matter what they tried, couldn’t come up with a few thousand dollars – but most of us, if we are completely honest with ourselves, could.
Take 2 hypothetical situations as examples
Scenario 1. I say to you – if you can give me $5000 in 30 days, I’ll give you 1 million back. You’d say it was a scam, of course, but just imagine it’s a real offer and you would get the reward. Could you scrape together $5000 to earn a million? Could you sell a car, or another prized possession? Could you borrow the money from friends, family, a credit card or a personal or home loan? Could you work for at least part of it? If you really believed that a million was coming; you’d get the $5000, one way or another. You would.
Scenario 2 I say to you – if you don’t give me $5000 in 30 days, you will die on that 31st day. Assuming again that you believe this to be true – could you get the money? More than likely, you could.
So, if you could answer yes in either of the above scenarios, you must admit that you could, if the stakes were high enough, compile a few thousand dollars in a relatively short period of time. You might need to make some sacrifices, but you could do it; yet when considering money for treatment, most people don’t seem willing to make these self same sacrifices.
Will You Make Any Sacrifices?
People say they can’t pay for rehab even with an expensive car (or 2 or 3) sitting in the driveway. When people say they can’t afford drug treatment, what a lot of people are truly saying is that they can’t pay for drug treatment without making any sacrifices.
Now, the two scenarios outlined above are a bit extreme. No one is going to give you a million dollars for going to rehab, and you’re probably not going to die if you don’t get help this month.
No one that quits drinking or drugging suffers financially for it. In 5 years, if you can get clean and sober, you will have more money. You will likely live in a nicer house (this has been studied – it’s true) and drive a nicer car. You won’t be spending all your money on intoxication, you’ll perform far better at work and you’ll have fewer healthcare expenses. Money is not a great reason to get sober, but when you look at the big financial picture, getting sober always pays off.
Addiction is a disease. It’s progressive, and without treatment, it’s ultimately fatal. You probably won’t die this month or the next, but if you can’t stop using drugs or drinking, you will die from it eventually. Getting together some money for treatment could save your life.
Invest in yourself. Make some sacrifices to get the medical care you need. You probably can afford rehab; you’re just not trying hard enough.