Myth: Overcoming addiction is a simple matter of willpower.
Fact: Acute abuse results in powerful cravings and withdrawals. There may also be deep seated emotions and unresolved traumatic experiences which serve as causal factors for an addiction. The addict has to be prepared to handle real life situations after treatment. These combined factors are often too difficult to overcome by willpower alone.
Myth: Addiction is a disease that cannot be cured.
Fact: The causes of addiction can now be treated and reversed more effectively through modern therapy techniques and medication than in the past. While there is no magic “cure” for addiction, it certainly is treatable. Treatment works best when it takes a multi-disciplinary approach of psychologists, medical doctors (if medication is required) and family/interpersonal therapy.
Myth: Addicts must hit rock bottom before treatment will work.
Fact: Treatment works at any stage. Indeed, the longer the abuse goes on, the harder it is to treat. To wait until the addict has lost everything is definitely not a better option than early treatment.
Myth: Forced treatment is useless.
Fact: Addicts who are pressured into treatment by families, employers or legal means get the same benefit as those who volunteer. When their minds start clearing up, most reluctant addicts become eager to change and to make amends.
Myth: Previous treatment did not work – there’s no point trying again.
Fact: Recovery is a long process and setbacks are part of the journey. A relapse just means you need a fresh start and an adjustment in the type of therapy. The rehab centre you choose, should offer modern techniques, instead of traditional, outdated methods.
Myth: Addicts have no hope of ever being cured.
Fact: Thousands of rehabilitated addicts are living clean, happy lives. Sometimes it takes more than one treatment, but the success rate also increases, as the addict starts with more insight than the previous time and absorbing additional coping mechanisms.
Getting Help For Affected Patients
The life experiences each person goes through and the many decisions they make, uniquely define each personal journey. Consistently repeated actions such as addiction behaviours, programme the neural pathways and they become accustomed to potentially the detrimental habits. Have a chat to a Recovery Direct Rehabilitation Counselor today about how we approach addiction treatment.