I asked this question on our Facebook page this week, "What's the biggest misconception about addiction/recovery?" We had an overwhelming response of GREAT answers. There's a ton of misconceptions when it comes to this topic.
These are some of the responses we got:
"That addicts are bad, lazy, good for nothing people." "That anyone can recover from heroin addiction." "That WE can control the addict and their addiction/recovery." "I think that most people believe that addiction is a choice, not an illness. People generally pass judgment without knowing any of the stories. Non-addicts don’t realize that addiction is an everyday struggle even when life is good. Many of today’s addicts are as a result of the medicine prescribed by a physician." "For the non-addict-
1). That addicts have a certain “look” about them & they can be recognized easily.
For the addict—
1). When boundaries are put in place, its because we DON'T care about them when the opposite is true! We finally learned enough to do something positive!!" "That addicts are weak-willed people that are mostly criminals, degenerates, and social outcasts"
My answer is in this video! Almost everyone I know has this mistaken belief when it comes to GETTING OVER AN ADDICTION, not only is it not true, it's flat out dangerous. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, this is a must-watch video.
By believing this concept you'll end up causing a lot more harm and wasting a lot of time.
Watch this next:
In this video, I'll help you understand the stages of change people go through and also, how to identify the things that might motivate them to make changes toward recovery. You'll learn the very same techniques (called motivational interviewing) that addiction specialists use to help move people from denial to action.