Debunking Common Misconceptions About Addiction

Myths Surrounding Drug and Alcohol Addiction 

When it comes to drug or alcohol addiction, there are many misconceptions surrounding the disease. It’s important that others do not judge or make assumptions about addicts as there are a number of underlying and undiagnosed factors that may be a result of their addiction. It’s important that we do not stereotype addicts as they may be struggling with something that is not apparent from the outside. 

Underlying mental health disorders and trauma are often at the root cause of an individual’s addiction, as well as a family history of addiction and genetics. Through a professional assessment, it can be determined whether or not the individual is struggling with a mental health disorder as well as identifying which disorder it may be.

Top Myths About Addiction

  • Myth #1: ‘The individual Chose to be an Addict’

This is a very common myth that many people believe to be true. Contrary to what many people think, addiction is not a choice, rather, it is a disease that requires the help of professional treatment and therapy in order to successfully overcome. Just like other diseases, addiction is progressive in nature and will continue to worsen until help is sought.

  • Myth #2: ‘Only Certain Types of People are Susceptible to Addiction’

Many people assume that only specific ‘less fortunate’ people become addicts. The reality is that everyone is prone to the disease of addiction and while others may be addicts due to genetic factors, others may become addicts due to their environment. 

  • Myth #3: ‘Addiction Won’t Return Once Treated’

Since addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, it has the capability to return if it is not properly managed. Just like other diseases require management through medication and therapy, so does the disease of addiction. If it is not properly managed, relapse is imminent. When an individual seeks counseling and therapy, they will be taught coping mechanisms and trigger management tactics that will help them manage their addiction post-treatment.

  • Myth #4: ‘Prescription Drugs Aren’t as Addictive as Illegal Drugs’

This misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, prescription medications are often considered more addictive than some illicit drugs. Prescription medications, when misused and abused, can be highly addictive and even life-threatening. It’s important that individuals take prescription medication as prescribed and never purchase these drugs from anyone else other than through your pharmacy. 

Getting Help

It’s important that stereotypes are brought to reality when it comes to defining addiction. There are many misconceptions about addiction that people need to understand are not true. If you or someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important that they get immediate help. Once you seek help and attend treatment, you won’t have the weight of addiction on your shoulders. You will have the knowledge, power, and strength to sustain your sobriety. Don’t wait to get help; the longer you wait, the more severe your addiction will become.

Sources:

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/myth-or-fact-addiction-choice

https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/blending-perspectives-and-building-common-ground/myths-and-facts-about-addiction-and-treatment

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.