6 Recovery Myths Debunked
There is a common misconception that addiction can’t happen to you – that it is an illness for those without control, or for those whose addictions have become so extreme that they can no longer function.
But research indicates that 10% of American adults will have a substance abuse disorder in their lives, and 75% of those individuals will not receive treatment.
Of those individuals who do not seek treatment, limiting beliefs prevail about what recovery really is, and whether it is right for them.
But while breaking free from addiction is not easy, it really can change your life, and the lives of those you love.
Before you dismiss recovery as unnecessary, unaffordable, or unrealistic, read our list of recovery myths and consider what you might be missing.
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6 Recovery Myths Debunked
Recovery Doesn’t Work
Research indicates that a total of 23 million U.S. adults, have successfully recovered from addiction.
And while studies suggest that the long-term relapse rate for those in recovery is 40-60%, relapse is not a permanent failure. Instead, it is a part of the healing process.
With each passing day of sobriety you learn more skills, and build more relationships, to help you if you slip. Furthermore, with each day you do not take drugs or alcohol, your body is healthier and stronger than if you had continued substance use.
Yes, recovery does work.
And while it may take time, courage, and perseverance, you can find lasting freedom from addiction.
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You Don’t Need Treatment Because You’re “In Control”
Do you think that you don’t need recovery because you have a job, or that you are able to pay your bills?
Being functional is different than being free.
Research indicates that 75% of adults with a substance use disorder are in the workforce, but that doesn’t mean that they are not addicted.
As soon as pleasure is derived more through drugs or alcohol than through other activities, your addiction has begun.
Going through the motions of your life, waiting for your next drink or hit, is not the life you deserve. But true freedom is possible with recovery and there are so many people who want to see you succeed.
Rehab is Too Expensive
You cannot put a price tag on your life – and make no mistake, that is what’s at stake.
From cancer, to car crashes, to suicide, addiction kills.
Furthermore, the money spent on addiction is often enough to cover the cost of breaking free.
Marijuana can cost as much as $350 an ounce, while prescription drugs can cost up $40 per dose.
Furthermore, addicted individuals often spend between $22,810 and $91,250 each year on heroin, over $100,000 on cocaine, and up to $82,125 on crack cocaine.
Considering that private health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and other government and charitable programs can help you pay for your recovery, the question is not “Can I afford to go to rehab?” but “Can I afford not to?”
You Can’t Work and Go to Rehab
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected, benefits eligible leave per year – and recovery is covered by this program.
Depending on the size of your employer, how long you have worked there, and other considerations, your employer may not necessarily be required to extend this time. But this option can help you keep your job, while seeking treatment.
It is also increasingly common for employers to offer assistance programs to assist their employees in seeking counseling, and they may even offer workplace recovery programs.
As scary as it may be, talk to your company’s Human Resource team to see what recovery options might be available.
And remember, even if you need to seek a different employment option in the long-term, your health and life are more important than the paycheck for which you work.
Rehab Doesn’t Cover What You Need
Many people think that rehab only treats alcohol addiction or “hard drugs.”
But the treatment options available at established recovery centers cover the spectrum of addictive behaviors and substances, from eating disorders, to cough syrup abuse, to inhalants, and crack cocaine.
The recovery community works to stay current on all emerging substance issues and treatments – and there is no substance you are using for which you cannot find help.
Reach out to an experienced treatment center team, such as the team at Resurgence Behavioral Health, to learn how they can help you find freedom once again.
You Can Quit on Your Own
Addiction is a disease – one that alters brain and body chemistry to drive usage.
Mental health issues also play a role in substance use, with depression, insomnia, PTSD or other underlying issues triggering relapse, and worsening as drugs and alcohol are used.
Genetic factors also play a role, and 40 – 65% of alcoholism is hereditary.
Therefore, the idea that someone can simply stop using drugs or alcohol once addiction has set in is largely a myth.
And with every failed attempt to undergo withdrawal alone, they gamble with their lives.
The only reliable way to break the cycle of addiction is rehabilitation, often including medical detoxification.
Effects of Recovery Myths
Recovery myths can create a limited view of what treatment is and does, causing men and women in need to question its effectiveness.
But treatment really can change your life, empowering you to rebuild your health and wellness, and to feel whole again.
A rehab program is more than just a detoxification – it is an opportunity for someone to begin to untangle the mental and physical health issues that can cause addiction and to build coping skills for the future.
Rehabilitation, especially an evidence-based, inpatient rehab experience, allows a user the time to reflect on their life, their needs, and their emotional triggers for addiction.
During counseling, group therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatments, former addicts will have to confront ways they have hurt others, and themselves.
You may have to learn to address feelings of inadequacy, anger, fear and anxiety, but you will come to see a bigger picture of your addiction, and your future.
And with the support of a treatment team, and your recovery cohort, you can develop the tools and coping mechanisms needed to reclaim your life from addiction, and feel proud in the journey you’ve undertaken.
Mental illness, and Recovery Myths
Substance use disorders and mental illness are closely connected.
While users often seek relief from some underlying mental health issue by self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, substances can also cause mental health issues.
Soon it can be hard for the user to separate their normal mental state from the one imposed by the drug.
But professional treatment can help break that cycle, helping you to separate your addiction and mental health needs, and to treat them simultaneously. This will allow you to experience relief from the physical pain of withdrawal, and to begin managing the emotional triggers that have driven you to consume drugs and alcohol.
In just a short time, you will be amazed at how much stronger and clearer-headed you feel, and you may find yourself excited for the learning, growth, and aftercare that awaits.
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Treatment and Recovery Myths
From tobacco to opiates, addiction requires a robust treatment program to manage its symptoms and the underlying causes.
And in seeking help, you are making a wise and wonderful choice.
Treatment centers such as Resurgence Behavioral Health can provide a variety of personalized programs, in safe, nonjudgmental environments.
Some of the programs you might find at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center include:
- Peer Support Groups
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Prescription Therapies
- Spiritual Therapies
- 12-Step Treatment
- Inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation
- Family Counseling
- Marital Counseling
- Music or Art Therapy
- Medical Detox
- One to One Counseling
- Nutrition Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Holistic Rehab Options
- Long-Term Rehabilitation Arrangements
- Medical Detox
Each of these options, and many others, will be designed to help you find resources that work for your unique needs, providing you will tools for growth and wellness, and helping your build relationships along the way.
Now is the time for Resurgence.
Resurgence Behavior Health accepts most PPO insurance and private forms of payment.
And our caring team will communicate with your insurance provider on your behalf, taking some of the stress out of your recovery.
Just call Resurgence at 855-458-0050 and let the healing begin.
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How to Get Help
In choosing sobriety, you are undertaking one of the most important, and fulfilling, decisions of your life – and, at resurgence Behavioral Health, you will not undertake it alone.
With locations in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Fullerton Hills, as well as a beautiful Outpatient Campus, your recovery is closer than you think.
We can provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, prescriptions and counseling to help with depression, group therapy to help you build connections, and other flexible strategies to help you achieve your recovery dreams.
At Resurgence Behavioral Health you can build a life free from addiction.
Welcome to a new day.