Debunking Myths About Addiction

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Substance use disorders, aka addiction, are incredibly complex experiences that are often misunderstood or misrepresented. Many misconceptions surround this disease, as well as what it takes to recover from it, resulting in a stigma that prevents many from seeking the help they need. They say that knowledge is power, so in this blog, Legacy Healing is going to debunk common myths about addiction and help shed light on any misinformation folks may have.

Common Addiction Myths

Below are some of the myths people believe regarding the disease of addiction. It is important to break away from these ways of thinking so that stigma, misinformation, and uncertainty can all be addressed.

Myth #1: Addiction Is a Choice

One of the most pervasive myths about addiction is that it’s a choice. Many people wrongfully assume that those who struggle with addiction have simply made poor decisions, lacked willpower, or simply had no self-control. In reality, addiction is a chronic brain disease that affects the way the brain functions, making it difficult for people to stop using drugs or alcohol in spite of the presentation of negative consequences.

Myth #2: You Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before You Can Get Help

This widely held belief is simply not true and often results in the unnecessary escalation of a substance abuse problem. The truth is that it is never too early or too late to seek help for addiction. The earlier someone gets help, the better their chances of a successful recovery.

Myth #3: Only Certain Types of People Have an Addiction

Many people assume that they are not susceptible to addiction because they are well-off, successful, or socially popular. The reality is that any person – regardless of race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status – can develop this disease for a myriad of reasons. Whether it is from using pills to focus on a project at work or drinking one too many glasses of wine on a regular basis. Anyone can struggle with addiction, just like anyone can recover from it.

Myth #4: Relapsing Is a Failure

Relapse is a common part of the recovery process and does not mean that someone has failed in their efforts to overcome addiction. Recovery is a journey, and setbacks are a natural part of that journey. It’s important to remember that relapse is not a sign of weakness but rather an opportunity to learn and grow.

Myth #5: Addiction Is a Moral Failing

Related to the first myth, many assume that those who struggle with addiction are simply bad people who lack the willpower to stop using drugs or alcohol. This myth is harmful because it implies that addiction is a personal failing rather than a medical issue that requires treatment. It also makes it much harder for people who are genuinely struggling to admit their problem, which is literally the first step to recovery.

Myth #6: Addiction Treatment Is a One-Size-Fits-All Experience

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment. Every person is unique and requires an individualized approach to recovery. The most effective treatment programs are those that are tailored to each person’s specific needs, considering factors such as their substance use history, mental health, and personal goals for recovery. This is something that Legacy takes very seriously, and it is why we work to offer variations in our therapy programs and levels of care to our patients.

Take the First Steps Toward Healing With Legacy

Each Legacy Healing Center location is equipped with a variety of addiction recovery programs that are designed to help our patients break away from the hold of a substance use disorder. Sobriety is entirely possible, even in the darkest of situations. Let us help you reach that light at the end of the tunnel.

Call us today at 888-534-2295 and speak with an intake specialist about our available treatment options.

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