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5 Myths About Drug Addiction Debunked

Dr. Lala .A.



Having discussed the complexities of drug abuse and addiction, we’ll move a step forward to debunk some of the myths associated with drug addiction.

MYTH 1: Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower. You can stop using drugs if you really want to. No SIR/MA, You’re wrong.
Prolonged exposure to drugs alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. These brain changes make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of will, hence the use of some ”addictive treatment drugs.”

MYTH 2: Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Most experts agree that addiction is a disease that affects the brain, but that doesn’t mean anyone is a helpless victim. The brain changes associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through therapy, medication, exercise, removal of risk factors, and other treatments.

MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better.
Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process—and the earlier, the better. The longer drug abuse continues, the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it is to treat. Don’t wait to intervene until the addict has lost everything. What are you waiting for? INTERVENE NOW.

MYTH 4: You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help.
Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be successful. People who are pressured into treatment by their family, employer, or the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide they want to change, although pressuring these addicts initially may require work. It’s a long road. Be well prepared.

MYTH 5: Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again.
Recovery from drug addiction is a long process that often involves setbacks. Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed or that sobriety is a lost cause. Rather, it’s a signal to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach. JUST DON’T GIVE UP ON THEM. They need your help.
So go out today and help save a life.

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Dr. Lala .A. is a graduate of University of Ilorin who also holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who aspires to be a plastic surgeon involved in creating awareness about women's rights and responsibilities and also training would be surgeons. She is a proud member of various reputable bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI). She loves to read, write, sleep and play the drums in her spare time.