myths about recovering from an addiction

Here is some info busting myths about recovering from an addiction.

Myths About Recovering from an Addiction

Now more than ever people have become misinformed about what it means to be addicted and the steps necessary for rehabilitation. With so much information constantly being spread, it’s important to us that we address common myths that are currently floating around.

MYTH #1: Only “weak minded” people become addicted

TRUTH: It takes more than just lack of willpower that attributes to addiction. The Mayo Clinic reports that there are several factors that people with addiction have in common:

  • Family history of addiction – People who have family members who suffer from addiction are more likely to develop one
  • Family problems at home – Any kind of stress related to the home may lead someone seeking refuge from stress, making them more likely to turn to drug or alcohol abuse
  • Mental Health Disorders – Depression, ADHD and PTSD are just some examples of disorders where people are more likely to engage in addictive behaviors as coping mechanisms
  • Genetics – Once the drug has been taken, certain genes allow addiction to speed up or slow down
  • Gender- Men are 50% more likely than women to develop an addiction
  • Addictive Drugs – some drugs are more addictive than others and using them increases chances of developing an addiction.

These factors aren’t limited to someone’s sex, age or economic status; they can affect anyone and knowing the risk factors can determine what course of action someone can take to their road to recovery.

MYTH #2: Addiction is untreatable

TRUTH: While addiction is considered a chronic disease, that doesn’t make it untreatable. Many people who have been addicted go on to have rich and fulfilling lives thanks to managing their addiction. The only addiction that is untreatable is the person who refuses to seek help.  In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that “Research shows that about one-third of people who are treated for alcohol problems have no further symptoms 1 year later. Many others substantially reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol related problems”

MYTH #3: Rehab is only for rich people

TRUTH: While rehab is expensive, the opportunity cost of not taking recovery seriously might be way more costly in the long run. Luckily, there are many options available for people who can’t afford the cost of treatment. Plenty of insurance plans offer partial coverage and if you are below a certain income level, you may be eligible for Medicaid. If insurance isn’t possible, then many recovery centers are financial aid packages or payment options. The help is there and when it comes to your life, the benefits far outweigh the costs.

At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addition and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.

The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery, and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.


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