Addiction is an extremely challenging situation to overcome, and sometimes people make it even harder for those who are addicted by spreading or believing myths about addiction that simply are not true. Here are some common myths about addiction and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Enough willpower can overcome addiction.
Unfortunately, many addicts believe this myth and remain trapped in their addictions for far longer than they should. Overcoming the disease of addiction requires specific, often individualized treatment. Willpower is one of many factors that play into addiction recovery, but rarely is willpower alone enough to overcome addiction.
Myth #2: Covering for an addict helps them.
Many people cover up an addict’s behavior or act to save him or her from the negative consequences of those behaviors, thinking it will help somehow. In reality, the exact opposite is often true. Covering up for an addict can actually prevent him or her from realizing that the addiction is a problem and realizing that help is needed.
Myth #3: Rehab does not work if the addict is resistant.
Studies have found that rehab results are similar whether the addict enters resistant or ready to commit to recovery. Knowing this can help addicts’ support systems to do whatever it takes to get their loved one into treatment, and can end up saving their life. Of course, convincing an addict of the need for help encourages him or her to overcome any mental obstacle to treatment more easily.However, the overriding concern should be to get an addict help, whether that help is originally welcomed or not.
Myth #4: If the addict can hold down a job and have a family, he or she is not really an addict.
Functional addicts can do these things, at least for the moment, but addiction is progressive and addicts are not likely to remain functional indefinitely. It is advantageous to get help before functionality deteriorates and the problems get bigger and harder to reverse.
Myth #5: Addicts are just bad people.
Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. The desperation of addiction can lead to breaking the law or mistreating others, but separating the person from the behavior is important in understanding the disease. Addicts are the same mixture of positives and negatives as everyone else, when they are honest with themselves. Treatment is essential to help addicts heal and move forward from behaviors that harm themselves and others.
Myth #6: Relapse means going back to square one.
Relapse is part of the recovery process. Most treatment professionals see relapse, not as a treatment failure, but as an opportunity to refocus or adjust treatment plans so that they will work better in the future.
Myth #7: All you need is detox.
Detox, especially without treatment, falls far short of being sufficient to keep an addict from going back to using drugs afterward. Severe withdrawal symptoms, as well as intense cravings that will continue after detox is completed, can derail even the most determined recovering addict. Ongoing treatment is needed for addicts to understand what led to their addiction and how to overcome it.
Recovery Village at Palmer Lake understands the realities of addiction and offers treatment options to suit your needs. Learn about admissions to move on to a better life overcoming addiction.