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What Are 4 Addiction Myths to Know?

Living with addiction is a challenge. Recovery is not easy, especially when it seems everyone has advice on how to do it. Some of the myths can keep people locked inside addiction without a way out. Learn about some of the myths surrounding addiction and how to support a loved one in seeking help.

Addiction is Not a Disease

Addiction is very much a disease. It is a disease that ravages the brain and it deserves to be treated as such. The best practices for treatment of a disease come from finding ways that promote healing. Helping the person deal with quality of life issues is what healing is all about. You can manage a disease with treatment, just like any other disease, and help them thrive.

Detox Ends Addiction

Only a small percentage of people who detox will stay drug-free afterward. The hard reality is that people need a comprehensive, long-term strategy for recovery. Detox is one step in the process. Detox is necessary for one of the FDA-approved medications for opioid addiction. Incarceration will not keep a person from returning to drugs. Abstinence after detox will not keep you from returning to drugs, either. Medication-assisted treatment works for people addicted to opioids and other drugs, but it depends on the person. Treatment does not end with detox.

Methadone is Unnecessary

There is lots of research to indicate a person can return to normal functioning with the use of methadone in a controlled environment for addiction. A person’s mental state, health, immune system and general health can return to normal following use of methadone but it depends on the treatment protocol. It is not merely trading one drug for another. Medications, when prescribed and used appropriately can help a person function better.

It’s Your Fault

Nobody is to blame for addiction. Genetics and environment play a role in the development of addiction. There are many factors that play a role so it is unfair to categorize the person who became addicted as the one at fault. When a person is blamed for falling into addiction, it can lead to shame, which may lead to further addictive behaviors. The reality is people become addicted for many reasons and can choose to make the step to seek help. It takes unconditional love and support from people who care about the individual to help. Shaming them may cause them to further retreat into addiction.

If you are seeking help for addiction, we are here to support your journey. Whatever it is you need: programs, services, detox, etc., we are here to help you find your journey to sobriety. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964