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Myths About Drug Abuse and Addiction

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Drug addiction is a problem that affects millions of Americans. Still, there is a lot of misinformation out there about drug abuse, drug addictions, and the problems faced by drug addicts. These myths about drug abuse and drug addiction from helpguide.org are intended to clarify perceptions of drug abuse, both for those who are addicted and those who are not.

Myths about drug abuse and addiction

 You can overcome addiction with pure willpower.

Over a long time, drug use can profoundly change the brain, to the point where drug use becomes as basic an instinct as survival instincts. The brain will rationalize why it needs the drug, making it almost impossible not to continue using the drug.

Addiction is a disease that can’t be treated.

Drug addicts are not helpless. While addiction is defined as a brain disease, it can be treated successfully.

Addicts have to want help, and have to hit rock bottom before they seek it.

Addicts don’t have to hit rock bottom before seeking treatment, and they don’t have to want to change to engage in treatment. Once they begin to engage in treatment, many addicts become more receptive to it. If friends and family see that drug addiction is affecting a loved ones life, they should encourage him or her to seek treatment immediately, not wait til they hit rock bottom.

One failed treatment attempt means treatment will never work.

Relapse is often a part of the process of treatment. Treating drug addiction is not an easy or quick process, and relapses can occur. Dedication to continued treatment is what will make it work.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.

About The Bergand Group:

The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.

As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.

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