Lots of things in life are … well … misunderstood by many. People may form biases, prejudices, and stereotypes out of such misunderstandings. To understand addiction is to take a step toward healing, for the addict and for friends and family. When people believe addiction myths, it is more difficult for individuals to try and recover. Some myths were once intentionally created to scare kids from using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Not only has this not worked, it has made it more challenging for people to seek treatment and enter recovery. Myths that people and society embrace place a stigma on those struggling with addiction and cause obstacles in their recovery paths. Here are 10 myths about addiction:
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.