Why Hydrocodone Can Ruin Your Finances

Why Hydrocodone Can Ruin Your Finances

Hydrocodone abuse and addiction have many costs. These costs are monetary, professional, and personal and can leave you with a ruined life financially, physically, and emotionally.

Relationships, Finances, and Hydrocodone Addiction

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) shares that alcohol or drug abuse is cited as the reason for 21% of divorces (“The Divorce Experience”). Losing a spouse is devastating enough, but divorce settlements also divide finances and possessions and may require regular alimony payments. If you are struggling to pay for hydrocodone already, continued use can disrupt relationships and lead to further financial troubles.

Unemployment and Addiction

Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveal that “Among unemployed adults aged 18 or older in 2011, 17.2 percent were current illicit drug users, which was higher than the 8.0 percent of those employed full time and 11.6 percent of those employed part time.” Individuals who manage to remain employed while using hydrocodone and other substances are still at a financial disadvantage, as addiction affects work quality. The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) publication “The Effect of Substance Abuse on Employment Status” reports that “alcoholics are more likely to land jobs with fewer fringe benefits, higher risk of injury, and in smaller firms.” PSU shares that addicts face reductions in the following:

  • The likelihood of employment
  • On-the-job performance
  • Earnings

Even if you do find or maintain a job while using hydrocodone, you are unlikely to make as much as substance-free peers and may be passed over for promotions and raises. Jobs with fewer benefits may mean medical costs related to hydrocodone abuse may not be covered, and bills from doctors and hospitals may begin to accumulate and empty your savings.

Addiction and Homelessness

“Treat Addiction, Cut Crime,” published by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, shares that addicts spend 2.5 times the average mortgage per month on drugs. When finances get tight and addicts must choose between paying a mortgage or rent, addicts will prioritize hydrocodone. Users may find themselves evicted or facing foreclosure and may even have to choose between buying groceries or buying drugs.

Ending the Costs of Addiction

If you are tired of the financial effects of hydrocodone abuse on your or a loved one’s life, please call our toll-free helpline. We will work with you to find addiction treatment resources that are covered by your insurance or meet your current budget. Treatment is always cheaper than continued addiction, so please don’t continue to pay the price of hydrocodone abuse. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.