Substance use is a serious issue affecting millions of adults in the United States every year. Unfortunately, a small percentage of people suffering from an addiction seek the proper treatment.
Despite its prevalence in today’s society, there are several widely believed ideas about substance use in adults that are untrue. Knowing the facts can help you support a friend or loved one battling an addiction. Here are a few debunked myths to stop believing.
Myth 1: Drug Addiction Is a Choice
Experimentation may be a choice, but in almost every case, addiction is not. There are several factors that come into play when a person develops an addiction, including biological, sociological, and psychological factors. Substance use can change your brain chemistry and foster the feeling of dependence on the drug.
Myth 2: Prescription Drugs Are Safer Then Illegal Drugs
The DEA reports that about 11.5 million people aged 12 or older misuse prescription pain relievers each year. Even if they are prescribed by a doctor, any use of a drug outside the doctor’s recommendation is dangerous and could lead to addiction the same as illicit drugs. Some commonly misused prescription drugs include opioids, anti-depressants such as Valium or Xanax, and stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall.
Myth 3: Those with Substance Use Disorder Are Bad People
Addiction doesn’t discriminate based on race, socio-economic status, education or any other demographic. It’s not a sign of moral failure. Those that suffer with addiction don’t lack willpower. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. There are many factors that contribute to addiction. The assumption that someone suffering from substance use disorder doesn’t have character or is a bad person is unfounded.
Myth 4: Once You Detox, You Don’t have to Do Anything Else
Receiving treatment through a detox program is the first (and one of the most difficult) steps in recovery. However, the path to wellness does not end once detox is complete. Healthy lifestyle choices need to be made after treatment in order to prevent relapse and encourage long-term sobriety.
Myth 5: Only the Wealthy Can Afford Treatment and Rehab
This is one of the most widespread and dangerous myths about substance use. Treatment programs vary in cost and there are programs and payment options available to ease the financial burden of treatment. If you are suffering from an addiction, don’t hesitate to seek help because of your economic status.
Myth 6: You Have to Hit Rock Bottom to Get Treatment
It is true that if one suffering from substance use does hit rock bottom, receiving immediate treatment and care is vital to preventing long-term (and possibly deadly) effects. However, you don’t need to be a long-time user to receive treatment. The sooner you or a loved one receives help, the better.
At High Focus Centers, we offer intensive outpatient programs for adolescents and adults seeking treatment for substance use. Our expert staff practices holistic methods to help patients overcome addiction and promote long-term wellness. If you or someone you love are suffering from substance use, contact us today or call (877) 701-0682.