The internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to information, especially on the topic of addiction treatment.
On one hand, you have access to information that is right at your fingertips. On the other hand, however, it can be difficult to determine what information factually correct and what is not accurate. When it comes to addiction recovery, finding bad information can be detrimental to someone needs or wants to get help.
At Moonlight Mountain, we want to take the time to dispel some of the most pervasive myths about addiction treatment. Here are some of the biggest myths about addiction treatment that you may – or may not – be familiar with.
Myth No. 1: All You Need to Overcome Addiction is Willpower
This is perhaps one of the most pervasive and dangerous myths out there – that people don’t need rehab. Instead, so the myth goes, anyone with an addiction or substance abuse problem simply needs enough willpower to stop drinking or doing drugs.
It’s important to understand that addiction is a disease. Willpower doesn’t work to treat diabetes or heart disease, so why would it work to treat addiction?
Although you will need to call upon your inner strength in the recovery process, willpower is only one aspect of addiction recovery. In addiction treatment, you will learn better coping skills, develop a better understanding your own addiction cycle, and identify triggers that lead you to drug use. With those tools, as well as therapy, you can be well on the way to overcoming your disease.
Myth No. 2: Addiction Treatment Is a One-Time Step
Addiction is a disease – a chronic one. It’s not something you get help for and instantly “get over.”
Addiction may be something you struggle with for a lifetime and going through addiction treatment once doesn’t guarantee you’ll maintain sobriety without additional help. Many people need a meetings, counseling, and outpatient services to be successful. Even if you need to go to addiction treatment more than once, that’s OK. You simply need to do what’s best for you to ensure you can stay healthy and sober.
Myth No. 3: If You Go to Rehab, You’ll Lose Your Job
Many people are scared of what they might lose if they seek out addiction treatment, including losing a job if they go away for several weeks to seek help.
While every employer has different policies, employers with 15 or more employees are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the Family Medical Leave Act. These protections can ensure that your job status is protected as you seek treatment. Talk to a human resources manager at your place of employment to find out more. Or, if you aren’t comfortable broaching the subject at work, you can contact us to learn more about your legal rights to seek help for substance abuse and addiction. In many cases, you can use your insurance to pay for rehab and recovery.
If you have questions about addiction treatment and how it can change your life, contact Moonlight Mountain Recovery today for help.