4 Common Myths about SUD (Substance Abuse Disorders)
The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury posted a great article on dispelling myths about SUD’s (Substance Use Disorders)
While some of the myths were related to military personnel and the impact on their careers the others were pretty general and apply to the general population.
Myth: Alcohol and drug abuse are not real disorders; people are just overindulging
Fact: As the article quotes, “SUDs are also a major cause of death and disability and are recognized as one of the largest public health problem in the United States today”. Substance abuse disorders are real medical conditions. They alter the brain chemistry and impact the individual’s health, social and work life.
Myth: People who overuse alcohol or drugs just lack willpower
Fact: While it may be easier for some people to quit drinking alcohol it is much tougher to quit using or abusing a substance as the person has developed a powerful physical and psychological relationship to the substance that makes quitting without help difficult. “Treatment isn’t meant to replace willpower; it provides people with the support they need to get clean and maintain abstinence”.
Myth: I have to hit rock-bottom before I will benefit from treatment
Fact: Absolutely not. You can get treatment at any time. It is better to get help before something bad happens.
Myth: Treatment does not work
Fact: There are many types of counseling, therapies, and medications that help with certain SUDs by reducing cravings or minimizing withdrawal symptoms.