There are a ton of myths surrounding alcoholism and recovery. Addiction is a lifelong disease that cannot be cured overnight. Most people who have experienced Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) experience struggles throughout their life related to the disease. Understanding the myths surrounding addiction and the path to sobriety could help you stay on track and committed to your choice.
Myth 1: There is Only ONE Treatment for Alcoholism
Treatment for AUD comes in all shapes and sizes. It truly depends on the person and the circumstances what option will work best for the individual. For some, the path to recovery begins with detox and rehab, for others it may take medication under the direction of a medical doctor and team of licensed counselors. Many in recovery find Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) helpful. The truth is that one treatment will not work for every person. Sobriety is a commitment, finding the right treatment to stay on track is imperative.
Myth 2: Relapse is a Sign of Weakness
Relapse is a very real possibility for anyone who has experienced addiction. The fact is that we live in a society where drinking alcohol is normalized in many situations. Temptations and triggers abound at every corner for many in recovery. Relapse is not weakness. Getting back on track is the most important part. Relapse should be seen as an obstacle, one of many potential obstacles, during your commitment to sobriety.
Myth 3: Getting Treatment is Too Expensive
Many people feel that treatment and recovery centers are too expensive, reserved only for those with lots of disposable income. The truth is that there are recovery options for every person. Getting help is crucial. Money should not be the reason you do not get the help you need.
Myth 4: You have to Hit “Rock Bottom”
Choosing a path toward sobriety does not require you to hit “rock bottom.” The truth is that recovery can begin at any point. There does not have to be a dramatic event or wake-up call. The decision to seek help may be different for every person. The most important thing is committing to your choice, having a strong support system and focusing on your “why.”