One thing you can be certain of is that there are as many myths and untruths in circulation about drug use recovery as there are facts. How these myths originated is anyone’s guess, and why they have been perpetuated is also open to question. It could be ignorance, confusion, or sadly even nefarious intent.
Whatever the reason for the existence of these myths and regardless of who might pass them on, anyone considering going into drug rehab must know the truth about them. To that end, here are 10 of the most common myths about entering a drug rehab program, and why they are all false.
Detox Will Suffice: The problem with the word “detox” is that it implies that once your body is rid of substances, you are free and clear of drug use forever. That is a falsehood because it does not take account of the psychological and emotional elements of drug recovery which are as critical to consider as is dealing with chemical dependency.
Cold Turkey Is The Best Way To Quit Drugs: These are words most likely spoken by someone who has never been dependent on drugs. Cold turkey can be dangerous because, 1) Reactions within your body can be so uncomfortable one is tempted to take drugs again to stop them, and 2) Some of the most extreme side-effects of cold turkey drug withdrawal can be life-threatening.
Withdrawal Symptoms Can Be Easily Handled Without Any Outside Help: A complete falsehood and one which is dangerous. Several symptoms can occur due to withdrawal including anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and seizures, to name but four. For these, and any other complications, support is vital, be that a counsellor, experienced drug treatment professional, or medical professional.
Drug Treatment Programs Are Like Being In Prison: Be assured there are no prison cells or guards in any reputable drug rehab facility. Yes, there will be guidelines and some rules, but they are there to help you recover, not to punish you. Some centres are even akin to luxury hotels with helpful, supportive staff.
Entering Drug Rehab Is Admitting Defeat: Quite the contrary. It is taking the first step to beating your dependency on drugs! Entering a drug recovery program is a hugely positive step in reclaiming your life, and one you should see as a proud victory, not a defeat.
Taking Medication Means You Are Still On Drugs: Drug rehab programs each use specific ways to help drug users, and some may include medication. If medication is necessary for any secondary health issues that arise, provided they are advised and prescribed by a medical professional, then do not let it put you off.
Giving Up Drugs Means No More Fun: Often cited about so-called “recreational” drugs. Believe us when we say a life free of drug use has an infinite amount of fun, laughter, and joyous moments which you can share with your loved ones and none of these activities will require drugs for you to enjoy them.
You Cannot Give Up Your Current Life To Enter A Treatment Program: This applies differently to each person, but essentially your life, family, career, interests, and friends will all still be there on completion of your recovery program, and they will all be enhanced by the journey you have taken and you being free of drugs.
People Will Judge You For Entering Drug Rehab: They might, but two points to bear in mind. First, many will judge you positively for deciding to recover from drug addiction. Second, if someone does judge you harshly, so what? It is your life and what matters is what you do with it, not what others think.
Post-Rehab, You Are On Your Own: Not if you enter a reputable drug rehabilitation program. Many have excellent aftercare programs that ensure when a client returns home both they and their family have all the advice, tools, and support they need to ensure relapse is prevented.