10 Myths About Substance Abuse Treatment

10 Myths About Substance Abuse Treatment

10 Myths About Substance Abuse Treatment

People are sometimes skeptical about substance abuse treatment and whether it actually works or not. Sometimes it just comes down to having the correct information. We’re here to take down some myths about substance abuse treatment that are floating around out there to show you that treatment really does help.

10 Myths About Substance Abuse Treatment

1. Addiction is voluntary behavior

Even though this isn’t quite about treatment, it’s important to remember that addiction is not voluntary. Addicts don’t wake up each morning and make the decision to be addicted to drugs or alcohol. It’s an imbalance of chemicals in the brain telling them they need the substance. It’s a disease.

2. People who continue to abuse drugs after treatment are hopeless

Relapse is a normal part of recovery. If someone relapses, it does not mean they failed, and it most certainly does not mean they’re hopeless. It’s just another step toward recovery. All it means is they have to get back up and continue to go to treatment to keep getting better and keep moving toward sobriety.

3. You have to want treatment for it to be effective

Almost no addict wants to go to rehab. The top two reasons why they go is either because a court ordered them to go or they faced a lot of pressure from their family to face their addiction. Regardless of the reason they go, treatment will be effective as long as they show up and take it seriously.

4. You should only need treatment once

Addiction is a chronic disorder. Sure, some people might be able to seek treatment once and they’re completely done with drugs or alcohol. Most people, though, will have to have long-term treatment and will have to go back more than once.

5. There is a standard treatment for everyone

There is no “one size fits all” treatment. Everyone is different, therefore everyone will receive different treatment and will react to their treatment a little differently. If a treatment doesn’t work for someone, they have every right to try a different treatment program or a different rehab center.

6. An addict can quit if they really want to, without treatment

It’s not that simple. The chemicals in their brain are imbalanced, so they’ve been changed to think they need the drugs or the alcohol to feel right. It’s not something they can just stop doing. There will be withdrawal symptoms, which can get dangerous. When this happens, it will be safer to have professionals nearby to monitor them.

7. Treatment doesn’t work

It does work! If the person struggling with the addiction gets their treatment and works at it, then they can get to that life of sobriety. There will be road blocks, but treatment does work. The brain can get back to how it was before it thought it needed the drugs or alcohol.

8. Addicts won’t seek treatment until they’ve hit rock bottom

There are many factors that will motivate a person to seek treatment before they hit rock bottom. Pressure from family and employers, personal recognition of a problem, and for teens, pressure from their school can motivate people to get help for their addiction.

9. If you’ve tried one treatment, you’ve tried them all

These days, there are many different treatment options out there. Just because one didn’t work, that doesn’t mean you won’t find the right one for you. Take a look around. Talk to people to find out more about what’s out there. We offer many different treatment programs to help a wide range of people and addictions.

10. People can finish treatment in a couple weeks if they’re motivated

Addicts need to remain in treatment for a certain period of time to ensure it sticks. That being said, usually the longer the treatment the better, because the therapists and other professionals have more time to work with the addict to completely overcome their addiction. After initial treatment, follow-up supervision and continued support are just as important to the person abstaining from drugs or alcohol.

Do you have any other questions regarding myths about substance abuse treatment? Let us know, we’re here to help. And if you or someone you know if struggling with an addiction, call us at 855.981.2020.


Artesian Recovery & Wellness Centers, LLC is all about recovery that lasts. Our holistic approach is what sets us apart from traditional treatment centers.  A fresh start is a beautiful thing, so let us join you on your path to recovery.  Contact us today.

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