Myths About Addiction & Treatment

Addiction is a mid-brain disease effecting millions of individuals and their families. Perhaps you know someone in active addiction; your spouse, your child, your co-worker, yourself? As an outsider looking at someone suffering from addiction, you may think to yourself, “she needs to hit rock bottom”, or “why can’t he stop on his own?”.
A common myth about addiction is “when people don’t stop using or relapse it means they have not hit rock bottom and need to feel more pain”. This is far from the truth. Negative consequences from addiction may be loss of employment, homelessness, legal issues, problems within the family system or failed relationships. However, hitting rock bottom is not required to enter treatment or seek help. Although a certain amount of pain is necessary to realize you are sick, forcing yourself to continue experiencing pain is punishing yourself for failure to stay sober. Once you realize the pain of drinking or using is more intense than the pain of not drinking or using is the time to seek help.
A fallacy about treatment is “I don’t need anyone to help me. I can do this on my own”. Evidenced based research about addiction and recovery find addicts working toward recovery are more likely to maintain long term sobriety if they have a safe support system helping to encourage heathy decisions and provide accountability. Here at South Orange County Detox & Treatment, we provide you with a treatment team of experienced and knowledgeable clinicians, techs, nurses, and support staff members who assist you in gaining the skills you need to build a positive support system and maintain sobriety one day at a time.
Don’t let myths about addiction and treatment block you from receiving the help you need and deserve.