Addiction Myths

Common Myths About Addiction

It is difficult to understand why some people become addicted while others do not. Some of the common myths surrounding addiction and recovery are based on societies beliefs that are a little off base. These incorrect ideas about addiction make it difficult for addicts to get help because of the shame and guilt they feel. Some of the common myths about addiction include:

  • Addiction is voluntary
  • Addiction is a character flaw
  • Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they'll get help
  • People who relapse are hopeless
  • Plus many more

Contrary to what most people believe, common addiction myths rarely bear the truth. The recovery coaches at HelpNest are available 24 hours a day to help you understand the truth about addiction. They will help you assess your individual situation and develop an  addiction recovery plan specific to your unique needs.

Myth #1: Addiction is Voluntary

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use. Although the initial choice to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that take place over time challenge a person’s self- control and ability to resist intense impulses urging them to take drugs.

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Myth #2: Addiction is a Character Flaw

Regardless of education, social status, or personality, addiction is a disease that changes how the brain functions. Quitting takes more than a strong personality, good intentions or just will power. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that create compulsive drug abuse, quitting is very difficult, even for those who are ready to quit.

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Myth #3: Addicts Don't Want Help

An addict doesn’t have to hit rock bottom to want recovery help. There are many motivations for an addict to seek substance abuse treatment including pressure from family members, employers and friends, as well as a personal recognition that they have a problem.

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Myth #4: Addicts Are Hopeless

Relapse is a very serious problem with recovery addicts but it does not mean they are hopeless, just human. How many times do people diet and “fall off the wagon”? Our  recovery coaches are there from beginning to end to help individuals find their path to long lasting recovery.

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Addiction Resources for Addiction Treatment

Addiction Resources

HelpNest is dedicated to helping individuals, families and employers find answers to their questions about the addiction myths, treatment and life long recovery for addicts. Below is more addiction information that covers a variety of topics to assist individuals in understanding the cause and affect of addiction.

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