Drug addiction myths busted
Drug addiction is a disease that will impact your brain and behavior. It can cause damage to every aspect of one’s life physically, mentally and emotionally. It can damage careers, destroy relationships and break families. Here’s a look at some of the common misconceptions about drug addiction that abound.
Addicts can stop whenever they want to
False. This is one of the biggest myths going around. The brains of addicts are different from those of others. They respond to the chemicals in drugs in a different way. There would be euphoria or an emotional relief when they consume the drug as the brain sends a reward response. This makes them instinctively crave more and soon they develop a tolerance. Suddenly stopping drugs can cause withdrawal symptoms and this may even lead to death.
Addiction is a disease and can’t be cured
Addiction affects the brain, but that does not mean that nothing can be done. The brain changes caused by addiction can be treated and reversed through a prescribed regimen of therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments.
You can’t forcibly treat someone, they must be willing
Not all drug addicts are in a position to comprehend what is good for them and many are unlikely to get into rehab. Treatment does not need to be voluntary for it to succeed. Those who are pressured to take treatment by their family, employer, or even the legal system will benefit too as much as those who went into voluntary rehab. Once they become sober, they realize that they actually want to change.
Using drugs like opioid painkillers are safe as doctors prescribe these
This is false. You can use opioid painkillers during the short term to manage severe pain after an accident or surgery, for instance. However, when you use these regularly or for a longer-term. It may land in addiction. Misuse of these can be very dangerous and even lead to death.