Some common myths about addiction
There are a lot of myths surrounding drug and alcohol abuse, but these four are among the most common:
Myth: If you relapse during recovery, you’ve failed.
Fact: Recovery from substance use is a journey, and occasional relapses do not indicate failure. People can and do recover from addiction every single day. With hard work and proper treatment, recovery is possible for anyone.
Myth: Addiction only happens to certain types of people.
Fact: Although certain factors can put some people at higher risk, addiction has no boundaries and does not discriminate. It happens regardless of age, background, or income level.
Myth: Helping people with addiction just enables their drug use.
Fact: Addiction is an illness, and showing support is never a bad thing. Setting boundaries is essential, but interventions should never be denied to try and teach someone a lesson. This kind of treatment often backfires and makes things much worse.
Myth: You have to hit rock bottom to start the recovery process.
Fact: You can start the recovery process whenever you decide you’re ready to make a change.