Some myths about drug and alcohol addiction are not just false, they are downright destructive. Knowing the facts can help you or someone you love save a life.
We have listed below some of the most prevalent myths that have unfortunately been perpetuated for years due to fear or lack of information. We hope demystifying these myths encourages individuals struggling with addiction, their friends or families, to reach out for drug and alcohol addiction treatment without any stigma and misconception.
MYTH #1: ANYONE CAN OVERCOME ADDICTION — IT’S SIMPLY A MATTER OF WILLPOWER.
FACT: Overcoming addiction is not only a matter of willpower as many believe. The physical withdrawal symptoms and emotional cravings and compulsions that individual experience when trying to quit requires specialized care. Very few people stop using drugs or alcohol on their own. In fact, getting off alcohol and other addictive drugs without supervised medical detox can be dangerous to one’s life.
Florida Center for Recovery can help you detox from drugs or alcohol, as well as providing you with specialized addiction treatment programs.
MYTH #2: ADDICTION IS A BRAIN DISEASE THAT CAN’T BE TREATED.
FACT: Although until now there has been no scientifically proven evidence that addiction is curable, there are addiction treatment programs that work and addicted individuals can achieve sobriety. Modern addiction treatment experts agree that medical drug and alcohol detox, followed by an effective addiction treatment program can bring about lifelong sobriety. Countless millions of former individuals who were struggling with addiction can attest to this indisputable fact from all around the world.
MYTH #3: ADDICTION IS A MORAL FAILING
FACT: Addiction is a health issue and it has nothing to do with the person’s moral character and no science suggests otherwise. Addictive substances create chemical dependency which can be physical, psychological or both. Addiction can happen to anyone and individuals struggling with addiction are not problem people. They are many reasons and circumstances that lead to addiction. Every situation is different, but in the majority of cases, problems or perceived problems has provided a fertile environment for the use and abuse. Many try to “solve” or more accurately forget their problems by drinking or drug abuse. This kind of self-medication leads to more and more doses of the drug as time passes. There are also those who are addicted to legal and doctor-prescribed medications. These people were prescribed medications that with use lead to addiction. The fact is that all who are struggling with addiction need specialized and compassionate care to address all physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of their addiction to gain back their sobriety.
MYTH #4: ADDICTS SHOULD BE JAILED BECAUSE THEY NEED TO LEARN A LESSON.
FACT: Suffering from addiction is not a crime. Addiction is still the only disease a person is punished for relapsing. It is important to understand that the disease of addiction is having a strong need for a substance to “remedy” some physical, mental or emotional disorder’s impact. This need to use has been characterized by experts as an illness. There is no lesson to be learned by being in jail for suffering from an illness. The behavior is caused by the individual’s mental state that is struggling for survival. A person struggling for survival may be excused for short term thinking and not contemplating the consequences of his or her actions for the moment of struggle to save his life. Addiction impacts the mental and emotional health of the abuser to the point that their judgment of normal and abnormal behavior becomes cloudy and skewed. This is precisely the reason that many argue that sending individuals with substance abuse problems to jail for minor drug crimes, without access to treatment, has no benefit to either the society or to the person being jailed.
The innovative use “drug courts”, recently implemented in some states, are offering addicts reduced or forgiven sentences in exchange for successfully completing addiction treatment programs. This initiative is changing the system by providing timely detox and therapeutic treatment that reduces drug-related crimes and saves millions in legal, health care and lost productivity costs.
Every life is valuable and everyone deserves a second chance.
MYTH #5: ADDICTS NEED TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM IN ORDER TO CONSIDER TREATMENT
FACT: Countless individuals struggling with drugs and alcohol have been helped more effectively by entering alcohol & drug detox programs long before they “hit rock bottom”. Addiction tends to worsen with time, so the longer friends or family members wait to get help, the more difficult it can be. If your loved one is the one suffering from addiction, do not put off getting the help he or she needs. Individuals who are guided by family and friends to attend substance abuse treatment get the same chance for sobriety as those who choose rehab on their own.
Taking the first step for sobriety is crucial. Once the detox process is completed and cravings and compulsions are under control, many recovering individuals find themselves in a better place to evaluate their lives and perhaps attend a long-term rehab for a substance-free life.
CHOOSING A MEDICAL DETOX AND REHAB CENTER
Not all addiction treatment facilities or addiction treatment approaches are the same. We encourage you to seek the facility that offers programs that best align with your particular needs, especially a drug and alcohol rehab center that offers specialized care to address co-occurring mental health conditions. In addition, for those who have previously gone through an addiction treatment program, drug and alcohol rehab facilities that offer special addiction treatment programs for chronic relapsers are highly recommended.
Florida Center for Recovery provides Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs offering all-inclusive Inpatient Treatment with on-premises Medical Detox. Our programs include specialized trauma treatment through RRT, substance abuse treatment services for pregnant women, chronic relapser program, and intensive family therapy. To learn more about the Florida Center for Recovery’s Addiction Treatment Programs, call us at: (800) 851-3291
Florida Center for Recovery has been offering Comprehensive, Reliable and Affordable Addiction Treatment Programs since 2002.