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What is the biggest misconception of drug addiction?

Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by Mackmax, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Mackmax

    Mackmax Active Contributor

    Hi everyone! I'm new and I love this community. :) Everyone seems kind, open, and educated.

    So I wanted to ask you all, what is the biggest misconception of drug addiction?
    There are no right or wrong answers, I just wanted to know what you think is the biggest misconception, since I'm sure you all have had different experiences.
  2. valiantx

    valiantx Community Champion

    I believe there are three thing big misconception of a drug addiction, and they are:

    1.) Drug addiction is not something that can be overcome with external help and changes, it "mostly" require a self awareness of one's addiction and a plan to achieve a beneficial goal to stop using drugs. Family members, friends, doctors, specialists, consultants, or whatever professional help persons can never act on one's behalf to stop an addiction completely.

    2.) A drug addiction cannot be cured overnight! However it can be stopped and interfered with overnight, but one simply doesn't rid of a habit because of a profound epiphany or dramatic vision appeared into one's mind showing how harmful one's drugs addiction is, because that idea or inspiration can linger in thought but if never applied over the course of time will result in relapse.

    3.) There is no fixed system of logic that can cure a drug addiction heavily practiced mostly influenced by experiential traumas, fears, regrets, guilts, and emotions. So when I see all these external help programs implying their systems work to stop a humans' drug addiction, I simply ignore it and switch to something else immediately because it sickens me that people actually believe peer pressure to accept a logical concept is the best way to stop a drug addiction that manifested from individual reasons - it's like trying to force people to listen to opera music when they have been listening to pop music all their lives, because opera listeners believe their music is better, but this is only arrogance and ignorance in action which a drug addict most certainly does not need.
  3. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    I think one of the biggest misconception is the idea that drug addiction can be reduced or helped by the criminalization of drugs and punishing addicts instead of helping/treating them. The price is steep for society as a whole, and it damages more than it saves.
  4. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I agree. Keeping them illegal doesn't cure anyone and instead just makes more people into criminals.

    I'd also like to add that a very common misconception is that addiction can be cured and it just magically goes away. I think many addicts would agree that it is a lifetime battle and keeping sober is a daily challenge so even when someone stops taking their substance of choice it does not necessarily mean that they are cured.
  5. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    Most people make the assumption that drug addicts are too stupid to see that they are harming their bodies. However that isn't entirely true. Some addicts turn to drugs as a means of coping with problems which they believe they can't solve. Having tested the drugs and learned that for a little while they can help them forget their problems, they choose to see only the positive aspect of what they'll gain from using the drug. When you see an addict don't make the assumption that person is stupid, they aren't. They're just people who need help.
  6. Mackmax

    Mackmax Active Contributor

    I totally agree! Making something illegal doesn't stop people from doing it, it just throws them in jail where they cannot get the help that they need. I firmly believe that instead of throwing drug addicts in the slammer, we should see them as the humans they are and help them with their addiction/abuse problems. Throwing them in a harsh jail for 10 years does not help them overcome their issue, and it may even make the issue worse. I also hate the dehumanization of criminals. Once someone is thrown in jail, we immediately see them as monsters, as opposed to real people who have real feelings and need real help.
  7. emily0531

    emily0531 Member

    I think that you are correct. Addiction is a very complicated problem, as are most illnesses. Our bodies, including our brain and brain chemistry, are very complex. If something becomes out-of-balance, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack to discover exactly what is needed to restore the correct balance. Add to that, our life experiences, which can also be a huge factor in the addiction, and it is easy to see why recovery can be so difficult.
  8. Morvack

    Morvack Active Contributor

    The biggest misconception with addiction at all, not just drug addiction is : What you are addicted to isn't that harmful. I myself am a great example.

    I used to pound down caffeine like it was water. Drinking energy drinks before and after school. Staying up all night playing world of warcraft and drinking soda. I got to the point where I was putting down a two liter bottle of soda a day.

    I thought what people said about caffeines effects was either over exaggerated, or completely made up. When I realized the only energy I had throughout the day was from caffeine, it hit me pretty hard. It's that ignorance of "Ohh come on, it's not that bad", or "I'm right and everyone else is wrong", that really makes it dangerous.
  9. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I think one of the biggest misconceptions about addiction surrounds addicts themselves. People might not guess that someone has an addiction problem because they are functioning. They manage to get to work, look clean and smart and behave relatively normally. They have the mental image of an addict being a scruffy homeless guy and don't realise that addiction is different for everyone.
  10. angel_lou

    angel_lou Active Contributor

    I think the biggest misconception about drug addicts in the UK is that all addicts are thieves and would steal anything from anywhere. That said, a lot of addicts would steal anyting from anywhere, but ive been an addict for about a decade with a couple of clean years inbetween, and have never stolen anything, or taken part in any form of criminal activity, apart from the obvious (buying drugs). On the outside I am a normal mum who does the school run, cooks dinner, baths before bed, and all my housework. None of my neighbours would ever guess i'm a Heroin addict.
  11. Janie

    Janie Active Contributor

    I think a misconception is the stereotypical t.v. view of a drug addict, squatting in abandoned houses, out on the streets, kids ruining their lives, partying...

    But your grandma could be an addict. Or you pastor. Anyone that's gotten an addictive prescription medication for a legitimate health problem can become addicted and turn into an addict.