The Most Common Myths About Addiction

Debunking Misconceptions Surrounding Addiction

When it comes to addiction, many people have a misunderstanding of what it truly means to struggle with this disease. There are many myths surrounding addiction that need to be debunked in order for others to comprehend this life-threatening disease. Oftentimes, people think that addiction is a choice and those who are addicts made this decision themselves. In fact, addiction is a disease that some individuals are predisposed to based on certain factors such as:

  • Family History
  • Genetics
  • Hereditary
  • Environmental 

In order to unravel the common myths of addiction, we must understand addiction in more detail. 

Myth #1: Addiction is a Choice

This is a very common misunderstanding that is believed by many. What people do not always understand is that addiction is defined as a ‘lack of choice’ among the individual who is struggling. In other words, addiction chose them, they did not choose addiction. In those who struggle with addiction, a chemical imbalance in their brain is the culprit. In order to manage their condition, treatment and therapy are required. 

Myth #2: Addiction Only Happens to Certain Individuals 

When people think of an addict, they often have a preconceived notion of a certain character. What comes to mind is often somebody that is homeless on the streets or begging for some change at an intersection. The truth is that addiction is non-discriminatory and everyone is susceptible to the disease of addiction. 

Myth #3: Addiction Never Resurfaces Once it Has Been Treated

Since addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, it always has the capability to creep back into your life. This is why it is so important to continue to manage your addiction even after your recovery has been completed. If you do not keep on top of your recovery then you run the risk of relapse. 

Myth #4: Illicit Drugs are far More Dangerous Than Prescription Drug

This myth couldn’t be further from the truth as prescription drugs and illicit drugs are equally as addictive and dangerous as each other. In fact, prescription pills are often more addictive in natural than some illicit drugs. While prescription drugs are safe to take when they are prescribed to you by a doctor, that does not mean that they are not addictive. Some of the most powerful and addictive prescription drugs available on the market are opioids such as Vicodin and Fentanyl, stimulants such as Adderall, and Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax. 

Getting Help

If you or someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important that they seek immediate help. Addiction is a disease that will continue to worsen if you do not get help. Never wait for the right time to get help as the right time is now. Effective treatment and support are available, so get the help that you need now so that you can live the life that you’ve always wanted for yourself.


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.