Back by popular demand. It’s that time for the popular series Drug Addiction Myths Busted. Here we take commonly held misconceptions about drug abuse. And shred them and shed light on the truth.
Drug Addiction Myth 1 Interventions always turn violent
This notion can’t be further from the truth. The problem here is too many people watch the highly popular “Interventions,” television series. Because if the producers do not select the most volatile interventions no one would tune in to the show.
One credible person to refute this myth is Dr. James Hughes, CEO of the Cove Center for Recovery and Inspirations for Youth and Families teen addiction treatment center. Dr. Hughes has been on literally thousands of interventions across the nation from Indian Reservations to the South Bronx.
“There is no question, I have experienced some violent interventions. Ranging from a teen putting his fist through a wall. And an adult throwing his flat screen television out the window,” said Dr. Hughes, who regularly participates on live interventions on the Dr. Phil Show with the owners Karen Corcoran Walsh and Chris Walsh. “But the overwhelming majority of interventions if you are qualified to perform them are uneventful.”
Drug Addiction Myth 2 If you can go to Work, you do not have an Addiction
This myth is one more likely propagated by people with substance abuse disorders. Rather than their significant others, family members, and friends. This is an example of someone who is in denial.
While keeping a job, and generating a steady income is an admirable achievement it does not reprieve anyone from still requiring help for their addiction and possibly mental health issues. Did you know, a lot of people who suffer from substance abuse still hold down their jobs?
For many, work is one of the last things to compromise one’s life by addiction. An addict is often clearly aware of the importance of their job because of the high priority they place on their occupation for money and their reputation. For people who can maintain employment while addicted they are often labeled as “high functioning addicts.” But this ability to keep a job while abusing drugs is temporal. Often, as the addiction progresses their ability to function in the work-place diminishes.
Drug Addiction Myth 3 Why do I have to go to Rehab if I went to Detox?
There is a serious myth among both addicts and family members that detox is a form of substance abuse and mental health treatment. This can be further than the truth. While for some detox is a necessity, it does not substitute the need for drug, alcohol abuse and mental health treatment. The role of detox is to purge the body of the drug or alcohol’ toxins.
And even after detox, a person with a substance abuse disorder require sometimes as long as one month before their brain is functioning properly to benefit from the treatment.
It is a complex process that can be life threatening depending on a person’s age, amount of substance used, how long use has occurred, physical health, and emotional and psychological health. Detox does not address the underlying reasons for substance abuse or the mental health problems that may accompany substance abuse.
Addiction treatment is the next phase in the recovery process, but it can only occur after one’s body has been cleansed of drugs and alcohol in detox. Successful long-term recovery can only be achieved through addiction treatment, it cannot be achieved by undergoing detox alone.