For those suffering from them, addiction recovery myths are very challenging. Because every case of addiction is different, only the individual struggling can truly take responsibility for reversing the cycle.
At Acqua Recovery, we’re here to help. Unfortunately, we’ve heard a number of harmful myths and misconceptions in this world over the years. Here is part one of a two-part blog series. This is where we’ll list these myths and then spend some time debunking them.
Relapse is Normal
The first and perhaps most common addiction recovery myth is relapse is a normal, expected part of the process. While relapse is indeed something that happens to some in recovery, expecting it as part of the process sets a dangerous precedent for those going through recovery. It may encourage self-defeating or harmful behaviors. Also, it can lead to family members and other caregivers simply waiting for the inevitable relapse instead of working to help prevent it.
Relapse Means Failure
On the flip side, it’s important for both those in recovery and caregivers to remember relapsing isn’t failure. This only increases the shame and guilt addiction brings. Also, it can make some feel there’s no point in continuing to try again. Hopelessness is the worst enemy of recovery, and this myth only increases it.
Must Hit Rock Bottom
This is a common myth spread by movies and television. It’s the myth that only once someone with an addiction has reached an often-dangerous “rock bottom” point can they admit they have a problem and work toward recovery. While again this may be true in some select cases, applying it so broadly to all cases is dangerous and wrong.
In reality, most people with an addiction have a breaking point. But it’s where the breaking point comes that’s important. For some, sadly, this breaking point is death. For others, it’s far earlier than any rock bottom point.
There’s Only One Way
In some cases, we see patients reluctant to try a method or aspect of our addiction recovery program because they’ve never heard of it working. Therefore, they are worried it’s not “the right way.” This is a misconception we try to remove. Every road to recovery is different. While there will indeed be certain universal elements consistent among everyone, what works for one person might not work for another.