Debunking Common Myths About Addiction

Misconceptions of Addiction and Substance Abuse

When it comes to substance abuse and addiction, ideas surrounding these can often be misconstrued, mistaken, and outright wrong. It’s important to understand where truth meets myth when it comes to addiction so that individuals can debunk the stigmas that are often associated with addiction.

Let’s take a look at some of the topmost common myths about addiction: 

  • “Addiction is Voluntary”

Many people assume that individuals choose to be addicted and that if they had enough willpower, they would be able to quit using. This could not be further from the truth, as addiction is classified as a disease of the mind that require professional help in order to overcome (like many other diseases). Those who struggle with an addiction do not have a choice in the matter and they require specialized treatment in order to overcome their struggles.

  • “Holding a Steady Job Means I Don’t Have a Problem”

It is often assumed that if you can hold a steady job, raise a family, and maintain a relationship that it is impossible to have a drug or alcohol addiction. This, in fact, is a complete myth. Many addicts are ‘functioning addicts’ which means they are able to hold a job and maintain a relatively normal life while also having a full-on addiction.

  • “Being an Addict Means you Have a Criminal Background”

It is often presumed that those who have a drug or alcohol problem are also criminals or have a criminal background. This is simply another common myth that has plagued the streets. The truth is that even people with the greatest intentions in life are victims of the relentless disease of addiction. You do not have to be a criminal or have a criminal background in order to struggle with addiction.

  • “You Must Hit Rock Bottom Before Getting Help”

This is a huge misconception that many individuals believe. This so-called ‘rock bottom’ is elusive and no one ever hits rock bottom until they overdose and die. This is simply a harsh and brutal reality. If you think that you have a substance abuse problem or believe that you are on a dangerously slippery slope, the key is seeking treatment as soon as you realize this. This will give you a much better chance to overcome your struggles so that you can live a happier and more content life.

There is Hope

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is hope. Treatment is available that can help you make a full recovery from addiction. The sooner you get into treatment the sooner you can get back to living a productive and happy life. Attending a rehabilitation program will help you get your life back on track so that you can work toward fulfilling your personal goals. Whether you attend inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment, counselors and therapists are ready to help you through every step of your recovery. It’s time to get the help that you need.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.