Have you ever discussedwith a teenager or college student? Not every person feels the same way about it but the myths regarding drug addiction can be plainly heard in some conversations whether they are between a parent and child, professional counselor and addict, physician and patient, and in other scenarios as well. The differences in how a person views drug addiction has led to many misperceptions. Here are the top five myths about drug addiction.
You can stop anytime you want.
This is not true. If it were true, don’t you think that people would make the choice to forgo a fix so that they could pay their rent or mortgages? The truth is, a person who wants to get clean should seriously go through a reputable drug treatment program in order to completely detox their system, learn the tools that are needed to avoid a relapse and participate in an aftercare program in order to continue their success.
Drug addiction only happens to people in a lower socioeconomic class.
Hmm, let’s see now. Do you think Michael Jackson was in a lower class? How about other celebrities, past and present, from Eric Clapton to Lindsay Lohan to Paris Hilton? Whether it is drugs or alcohol, addiction does not discriminate. It can happen to the rich kid in school, it can happen to the straight-A student, the soccer mom, the businessman, even presidents of the United States, and quite probably, leaders of other countries have admitted to addictions in the past.
Drugs do not affect driving like alcohol does.
Wrong. Several recent headline-making accidents have been attributed to drug use, not alcohol. While alcohol is still absolutely not recommended if you are driving, neither is drug use. Drugs do affect one’s concentration and they can send mixed messages to the brain just as easily as alcohol can. Whether you partied with Jim Beam or crack cocaine, you are putting yourself and innocent victims at risk when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Everyone does it.
No, they do not. Just as people in a low socioeconomic class are not the only ones affected, not everyone does drugs or alcohol. There are men and women who have never gotten into drugs, who have never had more than a drink or two a week if even that and they have absolutely no problems admitting it. That might have a little something to do with why they are usually the ones planning the high school reunions, because they still retain their memories. Just a thought.
There’s no turning back.
Maybe not figuratively, but yes, there is hope. Every day, people can and do make the decision to get clean. They go on to become counselors, to become president, to become parents. If you want to get clean and have a life, you can do so. Thinking it is a lost cause is perhaps the biggest myth of all.