When it comes to substance use, there are still many myths and misconceptions that surround it. This can make people less aware that their use is a problem, or give them an excuse to push off treatment. Recognizing these myths – and the truth behind them – can raise awareness and allow you to make healthier decisions.
5 Common Drug and Alcohol Myths
Myth #1: Prescription drugs are safe because they’re prescribed by a doctor.
Prescription drugs can be a safe and effective treatment when they are used as directed and monitored. But when they are used for a prolonged period of time, taken in higher doses than prescribed, or used in other ways than intended, they can pose a risk for addiction.
Myth #2: If you have a high alcohol tolerance, you don’t have alcoholism.
This can actually be quite the opposite. Your tolerance builds up the more you drink, meaning you have to drink larger quantities to feel the same effects. This can take an even harsher toll on your body and lead to dependency and addiction. It can be more difficult to stop drinking because your body is used to such high amounts.
Myth #3: Going through detox can resolve drug and alcohol problems.
Detox is only the start. While it does cleanse your body of any drugs or alcohol, you have to change your thought patterns, actions, and routines if you don’t want to fall back into the same rut. This requires therapy, counseling, and lifestyle changes that are sustained throughout the rest of your life.
Myth #4: Addiction is a choice.
Your initial drug or alcohol use may be a choice, but no one intends to become addicted. These substances change the way your brain processes information and functions. Eventually your body craves them and it’s no longer voluntary.
Myth #5: Relapse is part of recovery.
Not everyone who goes through recovery relapses. With a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs, you can implement changes and develop strategies that help you maintain long-term recovery. Overcoming addiction and living a healthier, happier life is possible.
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