Undermining Recovery: Lies People Believe About Drug Addiction
There are hundreds of myths surrounding drug addiction and drug treatment. The lies around drug addiction are perpetuated by popular media, and it is time to dispel some of these fallacies.
Lie: Drug Addiction Is a Character Flaw
Fact: Drug addiction is a disease. When someone starts using drugs, they make that choice to start, but once the addiction takes control, they are robbed of this choice. The addiction makes chemical and physical changes in the brain. These changes—although often reversible—stay as long as the drug is used.
For more information about the way drugs change you and types of treatment available, call SubstanceAbuse.org at 800-683-3270 (Who Answers?) . We can help you find a treatment that works for you.
Lie: Drug Addiction Is Immoral Behavior
Fact: There is nothing immoral about being a drug addict. Granted drugs make some people do some immoral things, the addiction itself has nothing to do with ethical or moral behavior. This is an attitude that has changed as scientists learn more about the actual mechanics of addiction.
Lie: Drug Treatment Has to Be Voluntary
Fact: From interventions to incarceration, it has been established that drug treatment does not have to be voluntary. Many people are placed into drug treatment due to incarceration or through pressure from their families. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, involuntary treatment works the same as any other voluntary treatment.
There is no reason why a drug addict has to want treatment to get it. Many times treatment starts with a family member, friend, or law enforcement official getting involved and putting an addict into treatment.
Lie: There Is Only One Type of Drug Addiction Treatment That Works
Fact: There are hundreds of types of drug addiction treatment. Each one has a different method of helping an addict recover from their addiction. Most of these treatments can be tailored towards an individual. Treatment is not once size fits all and thinking that it is can stop you from getting the help that you need to recover.
If one type of treatment isn’t working, then it is time to try another and there are many types to choose from depending on:
- Your location
- Your preferences
- Your addiction
- Other problems you might have
- Medical issues that need treatment as well
- Your individual needs
Lie: Drug Treatment Only Has to Happen Once in Order for the Addict to Be Cured
Fact: Drug treatment and recovery is an ongoing process. Many people relapse and have to go back into treatment in order to fully recovery. It is important to remember that you might have to go to treatment a few times before you find the one that works right for you.
Lie: Treatment Is Unnecessary; You Can Just Stop
Fact: Treatment is often necessary when you are addicted to drugs. The majority of addicts cannot quit without the right treatment or treatment center. According to the Oklahoma Community Champions Initiative, many of these lies can easily be dispelled before they begin to undermine your recovery and the chances your treatment will work. To find the right treatment, call 800-683-3270 (Who Answers?) before your addiction gets out of control.