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Effects of Addiction Calculator: How Many Years of Your Life Lost?

This calculator provides an estimate of the effects of addiction on a person’s long-term physical health based on information entered.


Please read the step-by-step instructions first. Then enter your information into the calculator.

How much is addiction costing you?


Life Lost: How much your life is shortened by with every dose on average if you are a chronic user

Non-addict life expectancy: Estimated life expectancy for someone who does not struggle with substance abuse.

Addict’s life expectancy: Estimated life expectancy for someone who struggles with substance abuse.

Addiction duration: The time between the start of an addiction and the addict’s life.

Total life loss: Number of years lost due to substance abuse.

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