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Common Myths About Addiction Treatment

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If you are considering seeking professional treatment for addiction, you may be wondering what to expect based on what you have seen and heard about treatment centers.  There are many myths commonly perpetuated about addiction treatment that prevent many people from seeking help. Here are a few that may be standing in your way.

You Have to “Hit Rock Bottom” Before Seeking Treatment

Losing everything you know and love as a result of addiction is usually referred to as “hitting rock bottom”.  While this is definitely a sign of a problem, it isn’t a necessary qualifying experience. You can want to change your relationship with drugs or alcohol based on a wide variety of reasons or circumstances, and it is much easier to do so with the assistance of professionals. 

If You Have Failed Before, You Will Fail Again

Relapse is common in addiction recovery.  If you have relapsed in the past, it doesn’t mean that you will relapse again after seeking professional treatment.  This is especially true if you have only attempted to quit on your own. Every experience is an opportunity to learn, and with the right help, the next attempt at sobriety can be the one that lasts.

The Experience Will be Similar to Trying to Quit on Your Own

Addiction professionals are just that—professionals.  They can assess the needs of each individual client and adjust treatment to make recovery as comfortable and productive as possible.  With access to quality therapy and, if necessary, the right medications, treatment for addiction doesn’t have to be as miserable as attempting to quit on your own.  

Asking for Help Means Living with Stigma

It is true that addiction still carries a heavy stigma in our culture.  However, research continues to prove that addiction is a disease and does not make you a bad or irresponsible person.  Seeking treatment doesn’t mean you will be forced to label yourself or live with constant guilt and shame. If others choose to stigmatize you, encourage them to educate themselves, and know that you are simply choosing to treat a condition over which you have no control.  

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.