Is Drug Addiction Treatment Worth Its Cost?
The answer to this question can only be an emphatic ‘Yes.’ After all, drug addiction is a creation of habit. Drug addicts are not born nor are they criminals. They are normal human beings and due to various factors, they become slaves to one drug or another. It is an unfortunate occurrence in a person’s life, and he has to be sympathized and rendered all help to get back to normalcy. As a normal person, he is productive to society and by allowing him to ruin himself as an addict society loses the services of a productive person. This is no justification for addiction. Only that, the unfortunates who get afflicted should be helped to resume a normal life. The governments and society spend millions of dollars so many unproductive and fanciful things and therefore, any expense involved in the rehabilitation of drug addicts is not only justifiable but should be also be viewed as an investment for the future of the country and society.
The person becomes an addict due to causes, which are made by society. Therefore, it is the responsibility of society to help the person, and any expense involved has to be met willingly. All addiction problems should be considered on or par with other health problems for which we do not mind spending money. We do not blame patients who get infected with some dreadful diseases for their Predicament and talk about the cost. So is the case with addicts. They require suitable medication, psychiatric help, and a loving and helpful environment to get out of the habit and resume the normal productive life.
Considered as a pure health problem, such a question will not arise. It might be argued that addiction is self-inflicted. However, the same argument may be put forward in the case of other diseases also. Therefore, the cost for the treatment of addiction is worthwhile.