Common Misconceptions About Addiction and Treatment
Substance abuse is commonly perceived as a weakness of the mind, body or spirit but misconceptions like this cannot be more wrong. Unfortunately, many common misconceptions persist in the eyes of addiction and even more so when it comes to treatment. Many people think that addiction is a flaw of character when if fact this too in untrue. In order for those to recover from addiction and to get the most out of treatment, it’s important that these common misconceptions be corrected.
First, addiction is not a flaw of character. In fact, if you think addiction can’t strike you or your family—think again! Addiction affects millions of people and for those who are not directly affected they usually know someone very close who is. If you think you’re too good for addiction, consider the fact that addiction is not prejudice and affects anyone it wants to. You can be rich, poor, old or young and still be affected by addiction.
Next, treatment for addiction is not a one size fits all solution to the problem. There are thousands of different types of substances out there that people become addicted to and for each of these substances there is a range of treatments. Additionally, treatment centers must be able to provide different approaches to treatment to fit the differences in the beliefs of those addicted as well as to accommodate the differences in how they respond. If you think a one size fits all approach will work, you are sorely mistaken.
Finally, the idea that addiction is the only problem is wrong. For more than half of all addicts, an underlying mental health condition is also present with addiction. This means that in order for an addict to fully recover from the addiction they must be treated for both the addiction and the mental health condition. Leaving an addict with a mental health condition means that they are not healed and leaving someone with a mental health condition addicted to drugs or alcohol is just as bad.
For help or a further understanding of the facts and misconceptions of addiction and treatment, contact a Treatment Centers specialist today at 1-888-461-2155.