Top Devastating Myths About Drug and Alcohol Dependence
When it comes to drug and alcohol dependence, it’s important to understand that there is a lot of misinformation surrounding these serious and life-threatening conditions. While it’s easy to think you know everything there is to know about drug and alcohol abuse, these issues are much more complex than the average person realizes.
The more you learn about drug and alcohol addiction, the better able you will be to guard against it in your own life and in the lives of those you care about.
Addiction Is Genetic
It has long been believed that addiction is a genetic or hereditary condition. While addiction does often run in families and while a person is considered more likely to abuse and/or become addicted to a substance if someone in his or her immediate family has done so, having an addicted family member is not a guarantee that addiction will occur. In fact, only around 50 percent of people with addicted relatives will develop addictions themselves.
It’s also important to note that while having a family member with a drug or alcohol addiction does increase the risk for addiction, there are other factors that can increase addiction likelihood as well. Some of them include:
- Being male
- “Recreationally” using a drug with a high incidence of addiction
- The existence of another psychological or mental health problem
- Suffering from anxiety or depression
- Being encouraged to use drugs or alcohol by others
- Regularly being around those who engage in drug or alcohol abuse
Addiction Ruins Your Life
It’s well known that addiction has the possibility to destroy a person’s life by interfering with his or her job, leading to various legal problems, destroying physical and mental health, and creating problems in personal relationships. A person doesn’t need to have an utterly destroyed life, however, to be an addict; in fact, believing that all addicts are a complete mess is one of the reasons that so many addictions go unrecognized and untreated. There are many “functional” addicts who, somehow, are still able to hold down jobs and family lives and who, by all appearances, seem to be doing just fine. These people really aren’t fine, however, and still need help from a quality drug or alcohol rehabilitation facility.
What are the other myths surrounding addiction? One is the belief that marijuana is safe and non-addictive. The fact is that it is highly addictive and bred to be stronger and more potent – and therefore riskier to use – every year.
Another common myth is that prescription drugs are safer to use recreationally than street drugs because doctors prescribe them. However, they are just as dangerous, if not more so, than street drugs; they can be potent and deadly, especially when taken without a prescription.
If your loved one is struggling with a drug abuse problem, you don’t have to wait for them to hit “rock bottom” to help them find a drug rehab program that can help them. Contact us at the phone number listed above to find out more about our program here at Alta Mira today.