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Misconceptions About Addiction

therapy group discusses misconceptions about addiction

There are many misconceptions regarding substance use and mental health. Many of these misconceptions are harmful to those suffering from these diseases. If someone doesn’t have personal experience with substance use and mental health, they may not be aware of the realities of addictions and co-occurring disorders. Today, Arbor Behavioral Healthcare wants to tackle one large misconception: people with addictions cannot be successful. This is a huge misconception that we want to destigmatize. Continue reading to learn more.

Can People With Addictions Be Successful?

Of course, they can. The misconception that “people with addictions cannot be successful” is harmful and contributes to the stigma around substance use. For those people who have an addiction but are doing their best to be successful, if they constantly hear this lie, then they may feel like their addiction is not “bad enough” to receive help because they are successful. This is so harmful and keeps people from getting the help they need and deserve. It’s important to note that success isn’t a one-size-fits-all hat. It comes in many different forms. Success can come from having a good job, having a loving family, or being able to take nice vacations. Although we should not base our worth on materialistic things, some people do. Our point is that success is subjective. What is important and marks a success for some people may not be important to others. But that doesn’t matter. As long as you are working hard and you believe you are successful, that is what truly matters. Another misconception under this umbrella is that people with addictions are often homeless, struggling financially, or can’t support themselves. Instead, people with addictions look like me and you. They are your teacher, your neighbor, your co-worker, your friend. They go to school and work and church. Here’s something to remember: addiction does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you have a big house or drive a nice car. Because of this stigma, many people with addictions try to hide them for fear of being humiliated. So, they come off as being confident and functional, even if they need help. For example, “approximately 19.5% of all alcoholics are categorized as ‘functional.’” (National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism).  

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare wants to help you let your guard down if you are struggling with an addiction. We know that you are successful in your work life, school life, and family life. This doesn’t mean you don’t need help. Call us today at 844-413-2690 for more information about the programs we offer.