How Much Do Drugs Cost? The Real Price of Addiction

At CNV Detox, we understand the price of addiction treatment can be overwhelming. What’s even more alarming though is the cost of addiction per year. What many people don’t understand is the street drug prices and real cost of addiction. 

Most addicted individuals believe the cost of treatment for their addiction is much higher compared to the cost of their actual addiction. In all reality, the cost of treatment is much lower on a yearly basis. We hope to educate all of our potential patients on the payout of treatment versus the consequences of continuing their addiction.

At the end of the day, the cost of addiction will always outweigh the money you put in. It’s important to be aware of the real cost of addiction and the consequences that come with it. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we may be able to help. 

The Yearly Cost of Substances

Across the board, it is evident that maintaining daily to weekly substance use is more expensive than receiving treatment. Here are some insights into what the cost of continuous use looks like for certain substances:

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As the most consumed intoxicant in the U.S., alcohol sales cost individuals on average $2400 a year. It is estimated that 10% of Americans who participate in recreational drinking drink on average 74 drinks per week. High-risk individuals are measured at 7 drinks per week for women and 14 for men. 

Drinking at home occasionally can add up exponentially, but costs skyrocket when someone decides to consume their drinks at restaurants and bars. For these individuals, it is calculated that they can spend up to $6000 a year just on alcohol.


Marijuana is still illegal in most states across the U.S. Even though this is the case, it is estimated that 35 million Americans use it monthly. Out of these individuals, heavy users can oftentimes smoke 1 to 2 joints per day by themselves. This can up the cost of consuming marijuana immensely.

In states where it is legal, the cost of marijuana can often be lower than that of street drug prices. Average users will spend roughly $800-$1200 per year in states where it is decriminalized. Heavy users can spend up to $14,000 a year depending on what area of the country they live in.

Prescription Pills

Opioids are one of the most addicting drugs on the market today. Medical professionals and government officials have fought to change the guidelines surrounding these substances. These new rules have made it harder to obtain and prescribe prescription opioids.

Although this may seem like it should help the situation, it has only caused further harm. They are difficult to obtain and because of this, black-market opioids have gone up in price. It has also caused a surge in illegal manufacturing of the substances, which is leading to more overdoses. It is also leading some individuals to spend thousands of dollars a month on illegal pain pills. Some examples of the costs of these include:


Since prescription pills are so expensive, opioid addicts often turn to heroin for a cheaper alternative. So how much does heroin cost? Each dose of heroin on average costs between $5-$20. Heavily addicted heroin consumers can consume around $100-$250 worth of heroin a day. This averages out to around $60,000 per year and the most addicted users have been known to spend up to $90,000 a year.


Currently, the Drug Threat Assessment conducted by the DEA has found that cocaine overdose deaths are at the highest they have been in over a decade. This is likely due to the fact that cocaine prices have decreased largely from suppliers “cutting” their stashes. So how much is cocaine? On average a gram of pure cocaine costs around $160 around the country. When dealers want their stash to last them longer and to make more profit they will, “cut” it. This means they will mix other substances with the cocaine to make it go farther and more cost-effective. 

Each dosage amount differs with how addicted to the substance the user is. For highly addicted users, a “dose” could equal up to a gram of the substance. Average users spend around $55,000 per year on cocaine consumption.


On average, a gram of meth costs around $60. Due to it being highly addictive, individuals who use meth cannot live day-to-day without it. This causes a constant flow of consumption on a weekly basis. Heavy users consume around 2 grams per day, which is around $800 per week or estimated to be $40,000 per year.


Benzodiazepines, or Benzos, are a type of drug that is prescribed to help ease the side effects of anxiety. They are also commonly used for individuals who have trouble sleeping at night. Some of the types of Benzos include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, etc. Over time, Benzos can become extremely addictive. 

Since the early 90’s more than 13 million Americans have been prescribed Benzos. This is a serious issue because these types of medications are highly addictive. Individuals addicted to Benzos often became addicted due to a prescription given to them originally by their doctor. This demand for these types of prescriptions has caused a rise in black-market sales of benzos. Each pill costs around $5, and highly addicted individuals use around 12 per day. At $60 a day for some, the average cost of Benzo addiction is around $20,000 a year.

The Extra Costs of Addiction

When it comes to the cost of drug addiction, buying the substance isn’t the only thing that causes individuals financial strain. There are many other extra costs of being addicted to a substance.

Costs of Partying and Paraphernalia 

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Not only does buying substances cost a lot of money but so do the items and environment that go along with it. When drinking alcohol or doing illicit drugs, individuals often are in social settings while doing it. Those who are addicted to substances also usually lead lavish lifestyles or pretend to. This can add up in the long run between the cab fares, tips to bartenders, and reservation costs at clubs.

The cost of paraphernalia is also high when it comes to smoking marijuana, meth, and doing heroin. Pipes, bongs, and other smoking devices can cost up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Those under the influence of these substances may make a poor judgment as to how much money they can spend on these.Not to mention the ever growing street values of drugs.

Opportunity Cost

Although lots of money is spent on the materials and nights out associated with these substances, this is not the only thing addicts lose out on. The cost of opportunity loss is often high for these individuals. This is because they are consumed with the substance they are addicted to and often lose sight of everything else. They will miss out on very important opportunities throughout life because of this.

Some of the opportunities individuals can miss out on because of their addiction can include:

Treatment Cost

If you have found yourself struggling under the financial weight of your addiction, there is still hope. Our staff at CNV Detox is trained to work with each one of our patients to ensure they have the best chance at recovery. The cost of treatment is much less compared to the cost of addiction.

Inpatient Treatment

The cost of inpatient treatment is a little more costly than outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is recommended for those going through severe cases of addiction. It’s also better for those who don’t have healthy support systems at home. Inpatient typically has a person staying in a residential treatment center for intensive treatment.  

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is less expensive because it let’s a person keep their normal schedule while attending therapy. Outpatient individuals are not required to stay on campus, which cuts down the cost greatly. Outpatient is a great option for those who have prior obligations back at home. 

Fortunately, some of the costs of treatment can be covered by insurance, as well as grants. Contact our representatives today to determine what level of coverage you qualify for. We will also point you in the direction of applying for grants and loans if needed.

Your Life is Worth More

At CNV Detox, we seek to promote the financial stability of each of our patients after rehab. Although services cannot always be paid for out-of-pocket, there are still ways around that. The cost of rehab is much less than the cost of losing your life or the life of someone you know.

Our staff is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling or messaging today. Let us guide you towards a better, healthier life for you and your family.