In this article we are going to explore about the myths and realities of addiction. The subject of is overwhelmed by myths and misinformation and they actually made it harder for addicts to seek treatment and to return to a normal life.
Myth: Addicts and alcoholics must have to experience hit bottom before they can seek help and treatment.
Fact: There is no evidence that that’s true. In fact, quite the contrary, you can help out the addict through intervention training and can save his life. The intervention can help the addict in breaking his denial and seeking help.
Myth: Addiction is a just a matter of will power. People can stop, whenever they want and if they really want to.
Fact: Addiction is a brain disease and constant use of addictive drugs changes your brain chemistry and structure as well — some times in dramatic, toxic ways, at other times in more slight ways, but virtually always in ways that result in compulsive and even uncontrollable use.
Myth: Addicts are bad, mad, or stupid people. These people just have a character and moral defect.
Fact: Developing research shows that addiction is not a defect of the character; it’s a brain disease which affects the behaviors and personality of the person. By managing the disease of addiction, the behaviors can be changed with medical and psychological support.
Myth: Addicts should be penalized, not treated, for using drugs.
Fact: Science is signifying that addicts have a brain disease that causes unmanageability and problems in their lives. They need medical and psychological support in order to gain control over their lives without drugs.
Myth: Addiction treatment just doesn’t work.
Fact: Medical and psychological treatment can help people to recover from addiction effectively. Studies show drug treatment reduces drug use by 40 to 60 percent and can significantly decrease criminal activity during and after treatment.
Myth: Addict’s will is most important for treatment in order for it to be effective.
Fact: Scientifically proven that addicts who are forced into treatment do recover from addiction. Addicted people may be pushed to enter a treatment program in a number of ways in order to save their lives. The treatment can help them out to restore their sanity and make better choices for their well being.
Myth: Addicts who continue use drugs after treatment are hopeless and impossible to recover.
Fact: Addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease; occasional relapse does not mean total failure. Lapse and relapses are part of recover. Relapse can be trigger by multiple internal and external factors. Relapse can be prevented by following certain steps and guidelines.
Myth: Addiction is just a behavioral problem and can only be treated behaviorally.
Fact: Addiction is not just a behavioral problem; it’s a brain disease that can be treated by changing brain function, through numerous types of treatment. New brain scan researches are showing that medicines, counseling and behavioral treatments work correspondingly in changing brain chemistry and function. These medical and psychological support decrease the chances of relapse and generate successful results in the recovery of addiction.
Myth: Addicts can quit drug use simply by attending twelve step meetings or other clean and sober support, so they don’t have a brain disease.
Fact: For most people, working a twelve step program is a lifelong loyalty. Twelve steps meetings don’t work for everyone, even for many people who truly want to stop using drugs. Addicts require more structure in their work and living environments. On the basis of research, we know that a support system of people with a common experience is one of the active ingredients of recovery.
So by identifying these myths and realities, it’s better to get help early than to hold out for the perfect desperate moment.