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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Busting myths surrounding drug addiction

Teenagers are impressionable and curious individuals. Sheer inquisitiveness, stress or peer pressure might force them to experiment with drugs that can later develop into a dependence and addiction. As drugs affect the brain chemistry and impact functional and cognitive abilities, intoxicated teens are at greater risk of indulging in drunk driving incidents, unsafe sexual practices and other unlawful activities.

Time and again, initiatives are taken to increase awareness about teen drug use. In line with this objective, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) launched the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) (last week of January) in 2010. In 2018, NDAFW, observed from January 22-28, will provide the teens with scientific knowledge about the perils of drug abuse and will help bust the myths that they acquire through social media, community or internet.

Understanding difference between myths and facts

Drug addiction is linked to discrimination and stigmatization which cause many people to suffer in silence. Failure to reach out for support can prove to be fatal and the user might get afflicted with a mental health disorder, contributed by chronic substance abuse. Therefore, it is important to understand that addiction is like any other disorder, which needs proper diagnosis, management and continued aftercare to maintain sobriety. But people can develop this understanding only when they steer clear of the myths surrounding drug addiction and adhere to the facts.

Given below are few such myths and facts that create barriers to treatment.

Myth 1 – Rehabilitation can cure addiction to drugs and alcohol

Fact – It may not be possible to completely cure addiction to drugs or alcohol in all the cases. People spend years in sobriety as they find it extremely difficult to leave the addictive habit. Recovery is a lifelong process requiring efforts to remain sober on an everyday basis.

Myth 2 – Seeking help to overcome addiction is a sign of weakness

Fact – On the contrary, seeking help to combat addiction is a sign of immense courage as dealing with painful detox and withdrawal symptoms is quite challenging. One who reaches out for support has a high chance of getting a holistic treatment plan with better results.

Myth 3 – Relapse puts a person back to square one

Fact – Relapse is an integral part of the recovery process. However, it is important not to get overwhelmed by it and instead, reach out to addiction treatment specialists to rectify the mistake. Recovery from an addiction should be perceived as progress from the previous days and not as a perfection.

Myth 4 – Addiction treatment can cost a person his or her job

Fact – The Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act in the United States ensure that people get enough time from their jobs to recover from an addiction and resume work once afterwards.

Myth 5 – Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is same everywhere

Fact – When it comes to helping a person recover from addiction, one size does not fits all. Treatments are customized, based on the type of substance abused, duration of abuse, existence of any other underlying condition and the patient’s need. While there are some excellent rehabs out there, there is no dearth of substandard rehab centers as well. Therefore, one must do some research and consult health professionals to locate a rehabilitation center best suited to a person’s condition.

Path to sobriety

The Sovereign Health Group is one of the leading treatment providers for addiction and mental disorders across the nation. We tailor-made each program to suit the needs of the patient in order to treat him/her holistically. In addition to individual and group psychotherapies, counseling sessions and medication, we offer other therapeutic activities like yoga, equine therapy, art therapy, mindfulness meditation and breathing techniques to help an individual overcome issues and regain control of his or her life. We offer services at multiple treatment locations in the U.S. and accept most private insurance plans. For more information, you can call our 24/7 helpline (855) 969-5557 or chat online with an advisor now.

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