Despite the fact that problems with addiction have existed for decades, there are still many myths and misperceptions that exist. It is these misunderstandings that contribute to stigmas, can make people more susceptible to drug use, and can keep people from seeking the help that they need for recovery. In recognition of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Seacliff is taking a closer look at some of the myths that persist regarding substance use and recovery:
Addiction is a choice: No one chooses to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It occurs due to the way the brain is affected by these substances. Quitting cold turkey is not only very difficult for some people, it can also be dangerous. Drug rehab is a safe, effective way to overcome addiction.
Prescription drugs are safe because they are prescribed by a doctor: That does not mean that these drugs do not come with risks. While typically safe in controlled situations, if misused, they can pose a high risk of addiction. The nation is facing an opioid epidemic due to prescription pain killers.
A high alcohol tolerance decreases risk of alcoholism: Actually, developing a tolerance for alcohol can be a sign that there is a problem already. Drinking increased amounts to feel the same affects others feel with less alcohol is a red flag. Binge drinking and alcohol poisoning can be very dangerous.
Weed is not addictive: While it’s impossible to overdose on marijuana, addiction can still occur. Marijuana can interfere with clear thinking and decision making, balance, coordination, reaction time, and other functions.
Relapse means treatment has failed: Relapse does not equal failure. It is a sign that the person needs to reassess their approach to recovery and make changes. Perhaps they need to try different strategies or therapies. Not everyone responds in the same way. Long-term recovery is possible and many people go on to live thriving lives in sobriety.
It is important for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and educate themselves as well. Be proactive in preventing addiction and seeking help if problems do occur. Treatment is available at Seacliff to help clients regain control of their lives and overcome the challenges of addiction.
Are you concerned about a loved one’s substance use? Contact Seacliff to learn more about our comprehensive approach to recovery.