Common Myths About Addiction (Part 2)

Know the facts before you help someone 

Addiction is a Problem of Self-control

While this is partially correct, it is not entirely right. Yes, a person with a drug or alcohol addiction chooses to take drugs, alcohol, or other substances, but they did not choose to become an addict or alcoholic. The chemicals in abused substances can change a person’s brain and “rewire” it, causing them to become addicted to the substance. This suggests that addiction is neither a choice nor a matter of self-control.

Some people can take substances often without becoming addicted to them. Some can develop an addiction after just one use. A person’s predisposition for addiction is influenced in part by factors such as:

  • Genetics
  • Their surroundings
  • Their previous substance addiction, 
  • Trauma, or other incidents
  • Impulsivity, emotional management, and stress tolerance 

Others Are Powerless to Help 

The notion that no one can assist an addict on their road to recovery is incorrect. Although the addict’s recovery journey entirely depends on themselves, their friends and family can play an essential role in their treatment. Regarding addiction treatment, practically every treatment program or rehab places great importance on support from close friends and family members.

It is Easy to Identify an Addict

Some addicts and alcoholics exhibit visible indicators of addiction, while others do not. 

Addicts can appear to be fully healthy and regular while living seemingly typical lifestyles. They can maintain stable careers, maintain positive connections with friends and family, and function appropriately in every aspect of their lives. Every addict is unique, and they manage their addiction in various ways, but the essential point is that it is not always easy to identify an addict.

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Addicts Must Want Treatment

Although willingness to enrol in rehab, attend a treatment program such as online counselling, professional therapy, or a support group is beneficial, it is not required for the therapy to be effective. Of course, it is usually simpler if the addict goes willingly. Still, there are also circumstances where the addict refuses to go in for treatment, is eventually forced to go, and reaps significant benefits.

Addicts are Evil People Who Must be Punished

It is widely held that all addicts are immoral, horrible individuals. While there are addicts who cause harm to others while under the influence or steal money to fund their addiction, the majority of addicts are still fine people who made a wrong decision. They should not be penalised merely because they are addicts. 

Criticising or judging addicts can encourage them to use more frequently, worsening their addiction. It is critical to remember that addiction is a disease, and those who suffer from it require therapy rather than punishment to heal.

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