Common Myths About Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

We are living in the information age. However, even though great information is readily available, there is also a lot of misinformation out there today. One of the topics that many people today are misinformed about is addiction. There are several common myths about addiction. 

Myth: Drug Addiction is a Choice 

Fact: A person’s drug use is their choice. However, it is no longer a choice once an addiction develops. Everybody is different, so drug use does not affect everyone the same. Many people believe that a person could stop if they really wanted to. 

People often do not understand what an addiction really is. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a condition that causes a person to compulsively use a drug. People who have an addiction often lose their jobs, families and friends. However, they continue to use the drug despite all of the negative repercussions. When a person has an addiction, their whole life centers on feeding it. 

Myth: People do not Seek Treatment Until They Have Hit Rock Bottom 

Fact: You have probably seen television shows and movies where a person decided to go to treatment after they lose everything. However, that is not always the case in real life. This misconception is what causes the family members and friends of a person with an addiction to not seek help for them. 

You should not wait until a person has hit rock bottom to encourage them to get help. If you get them into a South Florida alcohol treatment center early, then you may be able to prevent the addiction from ruining their lives. 

Myth: Addicts are Bad People 

Fact: Addiction does not occur as the result of a person being immoral. While it is true that addicts make bad decisions, that does not make them a bad person. It is also important to note that there are several factors that can lead to an addiction. These include genetic factors, environmental factors and psychological factors. 

Myth: Rehab is Only for the Wealthy People 

Fact: The cost is the first thing that people think about when they go to a drug treatment facility. People think that rehab is only for the wealthy people. However, there are several ways that you can pay for drug rehab. For example, if you have health insurance, then it may cover the cost of rehab. You may also be eligible for other financial assistance. 

Myth: It is Easy to Spot an Addict 

Fact: Many people have an idea of what they think an addict looks like. However, you may not be able to spot an addict. There are addicts in every race, socioeconomic status and background. There are also male and female addicts. 

Myth: Prescription Drugs are Safe All of the Time 

Fact: Many people believe that drugs that are prescribed by a doctor are always safe. However, it is possible to become dependent on a prescription drug. 

If you or one of your loved ones are battling an addiction, contact our drug rehab treatment center now.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.