Breaking the Stigma: Myths and Facts About Addiction and Dependency

Breaking the Stigma: Myths and Facts About Addiction and Dependency

Addiction and dependency may be a contributing factor to about 11.8 million deaths each year in the United States. For many, there’s a widespread stigma still associated with a dependence or addiction to drugs and alcohol, which makes recovery even more difficult.

At Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment, our addiction recovery specialist, Richard E. Repass, MD, is dedicated to breaking the stigmas around addiction. He provides compassionate care for individuals ready to break from addictions to alcohol, opioids, kratom, and other substances.

Debunking the myths about addiction

Here are some common myths and facts that may help you see addiction and dependence from a different perspective.

Myth 1: Only certain types of people become addicted

Fact: Addiction and dependency doesn’t discriminate. People from all walks of life, personality types, and education levels can become dependent on drugs or alcohol and develop an addiction that quickly spirals out of control.

Myth 2: Every addict is a criminal

Fact: Many times, addiction starts because of an injury or illness and not because of criminal activity. 

People who need pain killers or other medications to treat an underlying condition may unintentionally misuse certain drugs to relieve pain and ultimately become addicted.

Myth 3: Becoming an addict is a choice

Fact: People can come into addiction in many different ways. Often, dependency begins at a young age when teens try different substances out of curiosity and their brains react in ways they weren’t expecting. 

With some substances, it only takes one use to cause brain changes that increase risk factors for addiction.

Myth 4: There’s no hope for people with addiction

Fact: Dependency and addiction are treatable conditions, and millions of Americans achieve recovery every year. 

Getting the right kind of treatment is essential for long-term sobriety. There’s every reason to have hope that you can have a fulfilling, happy life without drugs or alcohol.

Myth 5: Treating addiction with medications is counterproductive

Fact: Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment specializes in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) plans to help those with addiction achieve a successful recovery. We use medications that are highly effective at reducing drug and alcohol cravings and withdrawal symptoms, so you can overcome addiction.

Additionally, we don’t rely on medications alone to support your recovery. Dr. Repass provides general psychiatry services, so you can recognize negative thoughts and behaviors associated with your addiction. 

We also give you the tools you need to make lifelong changes that keep you sober.

Do it for you

While it can be difficult to face criticism about your addiction, it doesn’t matter what others think. If you’re tired of living with the consequences of dependency and addiction, we can help you reach your goals for recovery and a life of sobriety.

Dr. Repass and our team work together to customize a recovery plan for you. We offer a range of resources, including NAD detox and comprehensive care for neuropsychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression that often coexist with addiction.

All you need to do is take the first step and let us guide you to a life without addiction.

Call us at Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment in Mercer Island, Washington, to book a consultation today.

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