Drug addiction is a somewhat taboo subject. If someone is affected by addiction, they aren’t likely to talk openly about it. The same is true if a family member or close friend is struggling with drug addiction. Because of this, it’s easy for misinformation to spread. Below are 10 myths about drug addiction and rehab that need to be corrected.
- There Is A Specific Cure For Addiction
Above all, everyone should understand that addiction, no matter what type, has no set cure. Everyone is different. Their brain chemistry, genetic makeup, personality, and life experiences make for a mix of variables that no one single treatment or treatment plan can work out. Treatment plans should be individualized for the best results.
- You Have To Hit Rock Bottom Before Asking For Help
Just as anyone can develop an addiction, anyone can and should ask for help as soon as they suspect they have a problem. Realizing you may have a problem is a good sign. It means you’re ready to get help. Even if your life seems to be going fine on the outside, it’s never a bad idea to consult with a professional about your options. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- Addictions Can Only Affect Certain People
Anyone can develop a drug addiction. Prescription medications are some of the most addictive substances, and many addictions develop while they are legally prescribed.
- All Addictions Are Easy to Identify
If you are a high functioning addict, you could have a successful career and a personal life in shambles. Or perhaps you are an ideal company but can’t hold down a job. Addictions harm in a multitude of ways.
- Willpower Is All It Takes To Get Over An Addiction
Anyone who has an addiction is not “weak-willed.” Addiction is a disease of the mind and the body. It can take hold and exhaust you, making it nearly impossible to shake all by yourself.
- Most Rehab Activities Will Be One-On-One
In order to make the most of your time in rehab and give you your best chance at preventing relapse, the programs at treatment centers like Buehnen Watch will be group-oriented. Developing a support network and learning to share your story with others that understand what you’re going through is key to addiction recovery.
- All Rehab Centers Have The Same Standards
Not all rehab centers have staff members that are highly trained. There are no set standards for these facilities. Before you commit to them, it’s important to evaluate all claims, certifications, and promises closely. If you are personally affected by addiction, please get a trusted individual to help you before committing to a treatment program.
- 30 Days Is The Ideal Length Of Inpatient Rehab Treatment
There is no ideal length for any addiction treatment program. The best programs will be flexible and allow the individual enough time to get sober and develop a strong plan before asking them to leave an inpatient program.
- Rehab Is Too Expensive For the Average Person
Though any insurance rarely covers rehab, there may be local or government assistance programs that can help out. Some larger employers may even have special programs in place to help you deal with drug addiction.
- Relapse Means That Drug Addiction Treatment Has Failed
Most people that have a drug addiction will relapse or develop a secondary addiction. Addiction is a hard thing to overcome and may take more than one try. Not all relapse is the same. It can be mild, or it can be worse than before you got treatment.