Addictive diseases and finances – relevant relationships

Authors: K. Nešpor;  A. Scheansová
Authors‘ workplace: Psychiatrická léčebna Bohnice a Institut postgraduálního vzdělávání ve zdravotnictví, Praha
Published in: Čas. Lék. čes. 2009; 148: 335-337
Category: Special Articles


Alcohol, other addictive substances and gambling are economically clearly disadvantageous. The financial losses caused by addictive problems should be more compensated by taxation. There are also compelling health reasons for higher taxation. Uncontrolled and accessible financial resources and also poverty represent the risk factors especially for adolescents. Poverty also limits the affordability of psychotherapeutic and medical services for the large segments of population. Material and financial aspects often motivate people to seek treatment for their addictive problems. We also mention the fact that the treatment and especially prevention are economically profitable for individuals, families and societies.

Key words:
addictive diseases, prevention, financial aspects, economics, psychotherapy, family therapy.


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