Myth 1: Addiction is a disease, there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Fact: Most experts agree, addiction is a disease that affects the brain; however, that does not mean that anyone is helpless. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through the use of therapy, medication, exercise or other treatments.
Myth 2: Without hitting rock bottom, you can’t get better.
Fact: Treatment and recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process – the earlier the better. Don’t wait to intervene until you or your loved one has lost everything.
Myth 3: Treatment did not help before, there is no point in going again.
Fact: Drug addiction recovery is a process, one that often involves setbacks. If you did not find treatment successful before it does not mean that sobriety is a lost cause. Relapse can be used as a signal to get back on track. Many individuals find success by going back to treatment and adjusting the treatment approach.