Coverage of tragic deaths due to drug overdoses in British Columbia makes it clear that for many families public services are the only option. Even in desperate situations, the high cost of private services puts them beyond the reach of low-and middle-income families.
According to a recent CBC article on the need for more publicly funded treatment beds for addicted youth, private programs for addictions can easily cost almost $9,000 for just the basic services. The article mentioned that the cost of some private programs is in the hundreds of thousands.
On many occasions prompt access to addiction treatment can make the difference between life and death. Given the consequences, the ability to get treatment quickly shouldn’t depend on family income.