Overcoming addiction is simply a matter of willpower
Long term drug use alters the brain in ways that result in powerful cravings and a compulsion to use. When the way the brain functions is changed it can make things much more difficult to overcome. This makes it extremely difficult to quit using drugs or alcohol by sheer force of will.
Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing you can do about it
Many can feel helpless when it comes to battling their addiction and most experts agree that addiction is a brain disease. Addiction causes the brain to change; however, those changes can be treated and reversed through therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments.
Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get better
It doesn’t matter if you are a month into addiction or if you’re years into it, recovery can begin at any point. In fact, the earlier the better. The longer drug or alcohol use continues the stronger the addiction becomes and the harder it can be to break free. Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom and have lost it all before you seek help.
You can’t force someone into treatment; they have to want help
While it is always the best that person struggling seek help themselves, that isn’t always the case. Many individuals that are pressured into treatment by family, friends, employer, or even the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those who enter treatment on their own. As individuals go through the processes of treatment and gain sobriety and begin to think clearly, many former addicts realize they want to change.
Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point trying again
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a very long process, and unfortunately, during this process there are often setbacks. Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed, or that you cannot gain sobriety. Relapse is a signal that it’s time to get back on track, either by going back to treatment or adjusting the treatment approach.