Drug addiction and substance abuse have many associated myths and false claims. Many of which give treatment and recovery negative connotations. These myths perpetuate attitudes that addiction treatment is simply a matter of will power, or that it’s a disease that no-one can do anything about. The only way we can correct these false allegations and myths is to point them out. Here are 5 common myths about drug addiction and substance abuse.
MYTH 1: Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower. You can stop using drugs if you really want to.
Prolonged exposure to drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. These brain changes make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of will.
MYTH 2: Addiction is a disease and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Most experts agree that addiction is a brain disease, but that doesn’t mean you’re a helpless victim. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments.
MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better.
Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process—and the earlier, the better. The longer drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat. Don’t wait to intervene until the addict has lost it all. Here is a listing of commonly abused drugs and substances, their addiction symptoms, detox methods and treatment options.
MYTH 4: You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help.
Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be successful. People who are pressured into treatment by their family, employer, or the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide they want to change.
MYTH 5: Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again; some cases are hopeless.
Recovery from drug addiction is a long process that often involves setbacks. Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed or that you’re a lost cause. Rather, it’s a signal to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach. However, no one is without hope. Addiction treatment can assist with almost any case. All you need is the right person to accompany you along the path to sobriety. At Recovery Ways, we strive to be that right person.
Do you or someone you love need help with addiction?
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction or substance abuse, treatment may be the next step. Recovery Ways offers varying levels of care for a personalized and unique drug rehab experience. Moreover, at Recovery Ways, we treat a variety of addictions. Our treatment programs includes: