“Honest, courageous and insightful aren’t words typically used to describe drug addicts. But if given the chance, many addicts end up developing these qualities and contributing to society in a way they never imagined possible. These successes occur in spite of major obstacles, from the ever-present threat of relapse to the pervasive stereotypes addicts encounter along the way. Even with three decades of myth-busting research behind us, some of the most damaging beliefs about addiction remain.” The five myths include:
- Addicts are bad people who deserve to be punished.
- Addiction is a choice.
- People usually get addicted to one type of substance.
- People who get addicted to prescription drugs are different from people who get addicted to illegal drugs.
- Treatment should put addicts in their place.
Source: PsychologyToday.com – May 14, 2013