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5 Myths About Substance Abuse Treatment

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Substance Use Disorders, also known as addiction, are a severe problem across the United States. Nearly 21 million Americans have at least one substance use disorder, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. Overdose cases have tripled in the past decade. However, many people fear seeking out treatment options because of widespread misconceptions.

Here we try to debunk some common misconceptions about substance abuse treatment, so you or your loved one can receive help.

Myth 1: Going to rehab may result in negative consequences 

Many people choose not to reach out for help despite serious consequences resulting from their addiction because they fear ostracization from society. A potential loss of reputation among friends, family, and employers can be a significant deterrent. In reality, your friends and family will support you despite your challenges. As per the Americans with Disabilities Act, your company cannot fire you for attending treatment for drug addiction.

Myth 2: Rehab will cure my addiction

Addiction is a chronic disease that can be prone to relapses. Simply going to a rehab facility will not cure your addiction. It is because of multiple factors, like:

  • Mental illness
  • Genetics
  • History of trauma
  • Unhealthy lifestyle and relationships
  • Prolonged exposure to an addictive substance

Recovery is an ongoing process. To remain sober, you will need to make consistent efforts even after completing treatment.

Myth 3: Going to rehab a second time isn’t beneficial

It is a common misconception that if you have failed at remaining sober after completing treatment once, there is no point going back. In reality, attending treatment a second or third time gives you additional skills needed for your recovery. You know what to expect and get time to prepare for it, which increases the chances of your success. Many people struggle with relapses. Rehab helps you make a full and lasting recovery.

Myth 4: Rehab is expensive

Yes, attending treatment can put a dent in your pocket if your insurance does not cover it. However, most centers can help you find a plan that matches your financial means. They can also help you find other payment options like financing, loans, or sliding payment scales. You just need to have an open mind and discuss your options and situation without inhibitions.

Myth 5: You need to reach the end of the line before trying treatment options

Many people believe they need to lose total control over their addiction before thinking about going to a rehab center. In reality, rehabs are a place of treatment, and like any other treatment for chronic disease, you don’t need to reach the last stage before starting a cure. The earlier you start the better your chances of recovery.

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