Drug and alcohol addiction and treatment are personal issues that can garner many different opinions depending on who you are talking to about it. There are some universal truths that are often misinterpreted. These myths can be dangerous when they dissuade someone from getting the help they need.
We want to break the stigma surrounding getting help for an addiction problem. At Legacy Treatment Center of Wilmington, we offer programs that take into consideration your needs so that you can be successful in your recovery.
Let’s look at some of the myths surrounding drug and alcohol addiction and treatment so that you can understand the difference between fact and fiction. If you have a friend or loved one suffering from addiction problems, call Legacy Freedom for affordable Wilmington, NC drug rehab and alcohol treatment.
What Are The Biggest Myths About Addiction and Treatment?
1. Addicts can stop whenever they want.
People who are on the other side of addiction may not understand what compels someone to continue to drink or take drugs when he knows that it is destroying his life and health. They may think he can stop whenever he wants, and that he is choosing to take drugs or drink.
Unfortunately, addiction is a medical condition that causes someone to compulsively look for and use drugs or alcohol. Over time the brain becomes dependent on the substance to even function, so it causes a person to seek out what it needs, no matter what the consequences. Even if an addict tries to stop using drugs or drinking without the help of a medical professional, withdrawal can be difficult because of the effects it has on the body.
2. Addiction is a sign of weakness.
Addiction is a disease, not a character flaw. Once a person is addicted to a substance, he or she has a hard time not functioning without it. Not all people who drink or use drugs will become addicts. There are studies showing that genetics play a part in it, and that some people are simply prone to it more so than others. The National Council on Alcohol abuse and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has reported that drug and alcohol dependence does run in families, and that there are some genes that put some at more risk of developing an addiction than others.
Other factors can also contribute to why a person becomes addicted, ranging from how a person grew up, if he or she experienced traumatic events, and if he or she has other psychological problems.
3. You have to hit rock bottom before you can get help.
The stereotype of an addict is someone who is alone, jobless, broke and drinking or using drugs all day every day. Someone like that would be thought of as hitting rock bottom. But not all addicts have to hit rock bottom to get help. Someone with an addiction problem may function like anyone else by holding a job, running a household, and maintaining relationships. He or she may have become a master of hiding the addiction problem.
If you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol that is worsening, call us at Legacy of Wilmington. We have counselors ready to answer your questions about addiction treatment. We have programs that allow you to continue going to work while you get help. You do not have to wait until you hit rock bottom to get help with your problem.
4. An addict has to want to get help.
While having a desire to get treatment can be beneficial, all addicts may not want to get help and that does not mean it won’t be successful. They may have had a family member force them into a program, or it may have been court mandated. Just because treatment wasn’t the addict’s choice doesn’t mean that he or she won’t successfully complete the program. Sometimes having outside pressure, such as from a loved one or due to court orders, can make a person see how high the stakes are and cause them to take treatment seriously.
In simple terms, think of it this way – as a child you may not have wanted to go to school but you had to go. When you were there, you learned new things, progressed through each grade and probably graduated. An addict may not want to be there, and may struggle more than someone who wants to get treatment, but it doesn’t mean that he or she won’t benefit from it.
5. Relapse equals failure.
Addiction is something a person will have to work on for the rest of his or her life, so there is a chance of relapse. It does not mean that treatment didn’t work and that the person is a failure for slipping up. It can be a chance to learn more by identifying the triggers that may have led to it. It can help someone learn what to avoid in order to keep it from happening again.
If you are in recovery and feel you may relapse soon due to stress or other factors, call us at Legacy today. We can help you get back on track.
6. All treatment programs are the same.
There are lots of different options available when seeking drug or alcohol addiction treatment. The key is finding one that works for the individual. There is no “right” way to get help. There are no magic bullets that cure a person of addiction.
Addiction has many layers that must be worked through in order to be successful, so many people like to have a program that encompasses several treatment options. At Legacy, we have a holistic approach to treatment. We offer different types of therapies, from group to individual to adventure therapy and alternative options such as meditation and acupuncture. We create a program that works for the individual rather than trying to force one type of program onto everyone.
Legacy Freedom | Awesome Wilmington, NC Drug Rehab & Alcohol Treatment
If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and need help, call Legacy Freedom of Wilmington today. We offer nutritional therapy for those who want to learn how to take care of themselves through healthy food choices, and family programs as well. Our holistic approach will show you ways to live life without depending on drugs or alcohol. Our outpatient programs for Wilmington, NC drug rehab also allow you to get help while you continue to work or go to school. Call us today to speak to an admissions counselor so you can get on track to the healthy, sober life you deserve.