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Find out the 7 most common myths about drug addiction. It is a chronic disease, but can be treated. First, you need to understand it well. So, read on.

Find out the 7 most common myths about drug addiction. It is a chronic disease, but can be treated. First, you need to understand it well. So, read on.

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  • 1. MYTHS ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION
  • 2. What is Drug Addiction? Drug addiction, more widely termed as substance abuse, can lead to changes in the structure and functioning of the brain. These changes can have a detrimental impact on a person's self-control, leading the addict to make decisions that are not in their best interest. Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease. It has a high tendency to relapse and cause a person to compulsively seek drugs, despite going through severe consequences.
  • 3. Myth 1: Drug Addiction is a Character Flaw No! Drug addiction cannot be narrowed down to a social problem. Drug addicts are not people who are morally weak. Drug addiction is a brain disease and it can happen to anyone.
  • 4. Myth 2: Drug Addiction is Voluntary A person may start out by trying a drug and then become an occasional user, with all good intentions of never becoming a drug addict. However, drugs are chemicals that impact the brain and cause changes that lead to cravings and irresistible dependencies.
  • 5. Myth 3: Overcoming Drug Addiction is all About Willpower Overcoming drug addiction is not simply about having enough willpower, although this helps to some extent. People who believe that one can stop abusing drugs merely with willpower are underestimating the complexity of drug addiction. Drug addiction can be treated successfully by good rehab centers through an array of treatments, which may include medication, meditation, therapy, counselling, exercises, etc.
  • 6. Myth 4: Treatment is Effective Only if the Drug Addict Consents Almost all drug addicts resent treatment. They are either forced by a loved one or a court to seek professional help. There are rehab centers that have achieved success even without the drug addict actually wanting or opting for treatment.
  • 7. Myth 5: If Treatment Failed Once, It Will Fail Again Some people respond to treatment quickly and are able to quit drugs after the first program at a rehab facility. However, most drug addicts require longer-term treatment. So, repeated treatments do not indicate failure. You may need to take three tablets to control your fever. This does not mean that the first two tablets were wasted or they failed.
  • 8. Myth 6: The Treatment Should Be Standardized Many people believe that a proven formula will work every time. This is far from the truth. Every drug addict is unique – physically and emotionally – and has different circumstances. Treatment plans need to be based on a thorough assessment of a person’s condition, problems and environment.
  • 9. Myth 7: There is No Hope for People Who Take Drugs Being at a Rehab Drug addiction is a chronic disorder and there is a high degree of relapse. This does not indicate failure. Recovery may be a long process. Give people a second chance. If needed, give them a third, fourth and fifth chance as well.
  • 10. Act Now Contact The River Source TODAY if you recognize that you or your loved one has a substance abuse problem. Visit our website at www.illinoisdrugrehab.net