Five Harmful Myths About Addiction

When it comes to drug use and addiction, there are no easy answers. As with many complex issues, several factors play a role in what leads a person to turn to substance abuse. Yet one of the more troubling aspects of this topic are the misconceptions surrounding the people suffering from this condition. The following are just a few examples of some of the commonly held beliefs when it comes to drug abuse:

  1. “Addicts can stop whenever they want.” The main flaw in this belief is that it operates under the assumption that the addict is always making a conscious choice. It’s common to hear “If he loves me, he’d stop” from the loved one of an addict. But unfortunately, the situation is simply not that cut and dry. Addiction stems from a mental dependency that can trigger a compulsive need for the addict to seek out comfort by way of the substance. While it is possible to break the cycle in time, it’s not something that can easily be ended on a whim.

 

  1. “Addiction is a sign of weak morals.” While it’s hard to define morality across the board, the issue of right and wrong become tricky when discussing substance addiction. Genetics, environment, and psychological factors can all play a role in driving someone to seek comfort in drugs and alcohol, not just what they’ve been taught as being good or bad.

 

  1. “Only ‘hard’ or ‘street’ drugs are dangerous.” This is a concept that is starting to be more openly discredited as addiction to prescription drugs has become more widely discussed. However, it’s still important to consider that an addiction can also involve other legal substances such as alcohol, sleep aids, or stimulants such as ADHD medication.

 

  1. “There is nothing friends or family can do.” It’s easy to see yourself as powerless when dealing with a loved one’s addiction, but there is always something that friends and family can offer to help. Being a consistent presence of positivity and support during hard times and offering guidance to those in need does a great deal to aid the recovery process.

 

  1. “Relapse is a sign of failure.” This view is probably one of the most dangerous as it can often breed feelings of shame, guilt, and hopelessness in the minds of those who had previously been attempting to seek help. Relapse is a normal part of the recovery process and when handled properly can be used as a tool to help steer those recovering back on the right path.

 

Lack of information on the true issues of addiction is often what causes these myths to thrive and over time can cause more harm than good when dealing with those who are recovering. If you need assistance with your substance abuse issues, remember that it’s never too late to seek help.  And if you are dealing with a friend or loved one who is on the path to recovery, remember to stay positive and open-minded during their challenging time.

 

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Why Meth Users Might Not Seek Rehabilitation Treatment

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Some psychology behind why people suffering addiction might deny themselves treatment

While it can often be difficult for people struggling with addiction to admit or even realize that they need help, a new study addresses another dimension of this: embarrassment. Coupled with the social stigma of abusing drugs, some people would rather deny themselves treatment than out themselves as someone wrestling with an addiction. In a study recently published in a journal called Drug and Alcohol Dependence analyzed barriers to treatment, in this case for methamphetamine specifically. While some of the other typical arguments were present in the study as well, such as the belief that help is not needed or the preference to simply withdraw from help, researchers were surprised at the level to which embarrassment and social stigma played a role in people refusing to seek treatment.

Too much shock tactics, not enough help

In recent years, both methamphetamine use and supply have escalated at an alarming rate that is cause for major concern. The study was carried in five different countries: Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and the United Kingdom. What the researchers found was that users who understood that they were addicted and may have even wanted to get treatment were so ashamed or felt the social stigma so strongly that in the end, they chose not to. Researchers also discovered that these feelings of shame were only exacerbated by media campaigns meant to curb drug usage. These advertising campaigns sensationalize the issues associated with meth use to the point where users are portrayed at best as criminals and at worst as something like animals, which only serves to hammer home the stigma of dealing with a methamphetamine addiction. Researchers came to the conclusion that these campaigns need to do a better job of not just using fear tactics to keep people from using meth, but also provide and emphasize treatment options that are available in order to be more useful to people who are currently using, as opposed to just scaring people off from doing it in the first place.

Final Word

It is absolutely a scary experience admitting that you have an addiction and need help overcoming it. It makes people vulnerable and brings them face to face with the stigma of addiction. But the benefits of getting help and treatment far outweigh the costs, and despite the social stigma present, you should never feel too ashamed to seek treatment, as it shows that you are actively trying to improve your life and make decisions in your best interest. If you are using methamphetamines or struggling with drug addiction in general, know that there are centers for treatment like Ridgeview Ranch that understand, and will do everything they can to help you get your life back on track. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here To Help!

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