Not only are addictions dangerous to your physical and mental health, but these dangerous habits can seriously affect you financially as well. When you come to terms with that fact that you might have an addiction, crunching the number and seeing on paper how much you spend on the habit can be shocking. Here are the most expensive addictions in the U.S. If you are suffering from an addiction, contact our addiction treatment in NJ today.


We all know the health risks that come with smoking. Lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and mouth cancer, are just some of the risks. However, cigarettes also happen to be the most expensive addiction in the US.  Cigarettes cost Americans $295 billion each year, that’s not including the cost of healthcare.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is also a very expensive addiction. Especially since its legal and extremely accessible. Research shows that excessive drinking costs the U.S. $224 billion every year.


Painkillers prescriptions are extremely common and popular in the U.S. As we know, prescriptions can be highly addictive. They also cost health insurance companies a hefty amount. In fact, health insurance companies spend up to $72.5 billion on prescription opiates.

Addiction Treatment in NJ that can help me get sober

Addiction Treatment in NJ

Are you suffering from addiction? Do you need help getting sober or staying sober? The Discovery Institute can help. Contact us today to learn about our evidence-based programs meant to aid you in long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. The life you deserve is more achievable than you think.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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