Marijuana legalization, huge border drug busts, and opioid overdose deaths resulting from fentanyl adulterated street heroin dominate the headlines in Arcadia, California. Meanwhile, the cost of alcohol abuse and addiction continues to stack up, diminishing community resources throughout LA County and hitting families in Arcadia hard. The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department reports that alcohol costs residents $10.3 billion annually due to lost productivity ($7.7 billion), healthcare costs ($976.7 million), and other costs like car accidents, property damage, and criminal justice ($1.6 billion).1
For the families of a loved one struggling with the effects of an alcohol use disorder, the costs are more personal and potentially more severe. When one person in the home has an addiction disorder, everyone will struggle as a result. Children may not get the care they need and/or are fearful and uncertain due to lack of stability. In some cases, domestic violence is a prevalent issue, and extreme medical conditions caused by alcohol use can be crippling. Financial issues may result as the cost of alcohol stacks up and so do the secondary costs of problematic drinking (e.g., legal fees, medical bills, and lost days at work or lost employment).
Are you or someone close to you struggling due to drinking or any form of substance abuse? Call a treatment advisor now to discuss the types of addiction treatment services available to help with the transition into recovery.
. County of Los Angeles Public Health. (2015). Substance Abuse Prevention and Control: Medical Director’s Brief.
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