The Truth about 4 Common Addiction Myths

There are so many myths around addiction that give rise to stigmas and prevent people from seeking help when needed. Here is the truth about 4 such myths.

Addiction Myth: Addiction is a choice

One of the most important facts about substance use disorders is a lack of choice. People who struggle with addiction have to deal with a subconscious compulsion to use drugs or alcohol despite consciously knowing about its impact on their health and life. This is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain which is not in the addicted individual’s control.

Addiction Myth: Only certain people are likely to develop addiction

While certain groups may be more vulnerable to substance use disorders, overall, there is no specific type of person is more likely to be an “addict.” Each individual, who struggles with addiction, has unique background risk factors and stressors.

Addiction Myth: Addiction should not return once treated

Addiction is a complex, chronic disease that requires long-term management. Psychological stressors can trigger relapse even after years of sobriety. Understanding that addiction is not a one-time cure, can help recovering individuals prepare to prevent and manage these stressors.

Addiction Myth: Prescription medication is less dangerous than illicit drugs

Don’t assume that prescription medications aren’t harmful. They are safe only when they are used as exactly prescribed your doctor. Drugs like opioids, stimulants and benzos contain chemical compounds similar to illicit drugs and may cause tolerance, eventually leading to dependence and addiction.

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