Addiction is extremely prevalent in the United States and it’s a crisis that is mostly being ignored. Approximately 8-10% of individuals over the age of 12 are addicted to drugs or alcohol. And if that’s not shocking enough, it’s also reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that an average of 130 Americans dies from opioids each day. Unfortunately, what doesn’t help is the myths the general population has about people struggling with addiction. By understanding that addiction is a chronic brain condition, not a moral failing, we can help those who need it. The first step in supporting our loved ones in their journey of transcending addiction may be breaking down our misconceptions.
Myth One: Addiction Only Happens to a “Certain” Type of Person
People are sometimes under the impression that only the “weak” or the “uneducated” get addicted. This is simply not true. Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, socio-economic background, upbringing, religion, or IQ. In fact, addiction is now linked to three correlating factors: genetics, environment, and development. One, or a combination of several, of these factors can leave a person more prone to addiction than you may have thought.
Myth Two: That Kid Should Have Just Said No
Several studies have verified that most young teenagers experiment with drugs and alcohol. The truth of the matter is that most kids aren’t saying no. Unfortunately, some kids have predetermined factors that make them more high-risk to addiction, and telling them to “just say no” is not enough, we need to help them recover.
Myth Three: People With Addiction Can’t Be Saved
There are plenty of well-equipped rehabilitation facilities that help individuals in their journey in transcending addiction. While sobriety is a lifelong journey, it is possible to recover, and many people do.
How Addiction Myths Can Harm
One thing that will prevent people from succeeding in their addiction recovery is if those around them perpetuate the above myths. When we tell people struggling with addiction that they deserve their addiction or that they can never recover, we are stealing their hope. One of the best ways you can support a person in addiction treatment is to educate yourself on their struggle.
Transcending Addiction with the Bergard Group
Are you ready to help someone in your life start transcending addiction? The Bergand Group has extensive treatment programs that fit everyone’s needs and preferences. We also offer family therapy, so loved ones can help get the support and education they need. Contact the Bergand Group today for more information on how we can help.
About The Bergand Group
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of 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 rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.