In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over a few of the most common addiction recovery myths facing those in addiction recovery. At the residential treatment centers at Acqua Recovery, we, unfortunately, run into a number of these misconceptions, and they can be harmful to those in recovery.
Here in part two, we will go over another set of these common myths and help set you straight. We want to eliminate the stigma that comes with the addiction conversation. Addiction affects millions of Americans every day. We want to make seeking help easier and worthwhile.
Recovery is About Deprivation
For some people, reluctance to enter an addiction recovery program relates back to a misconception about what recovery really is in the first place. They think recovery means a lifelong deprivation of not only the substance or area of their addiction but also of other things they love in their lives.
We do not look at it this way at all. While it is true that avoiding addictive substances will be part of the program, we view this as a life choice and encourage our patients to do the same. This is not the same thing as constant deprivation throughout your life and requires an actual understanding of the price that comes with addiction.
It is Boring
Another common issue we see is those in recovery romanticizing their prior lives. They may look back on the exciting elements of their own life and find the recovery process dull and boring in comparison. However, this is dangerous, as it can lead to relapse triggers in many cases.
Just remember there is room for so much more than addiction during recovery. Many of those who enter meet new people, broaden their horizons and get a fresh start on a new life. There is nothing boring about that. It is important to stay focused on getting better during your recovery.
It Will Solve Everything
In some cases, the most dangerous point of recovery is when patients finish an inpatient program like ours and are ready to leave. There can be a mistaken idea about this being a “completion” point. With patients thinking recovery is no longer active – this is simply not the case. Recovery is a long-term process. It continues even when you are back home. Thus, we spend lots of time in our inpatient programs making sure our patients are prepared for their eventual release.