Addiction Treatment Myths

Common Misconceptions and Myths About Rehab

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 20.7 million people aged 12 and older needed treatment for a substance use disorder in 2017. Out of over 20 million, only 4 million people received treatment. Drug addiction is a serious epidemic that our country is facing. It’s important to be aware of these facts so we can work towards a solution together. Whether it’s you or a loved one struggling with drug abuse, it is possible to get better. 

7 myths about substance abuse treatment

Addiction can begin for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the person has been struggling with a mental health disorder and is using drugs to cope with the pain. Or, someone may start using recreationally thinking that they’ll never get addicted…But then they do. Everyone’s reasons vary. However, the end goal is the same for every addict: live a sober and purpose-driven life.

Addiction will rob you and your loved ones of joy. It’ll misconstrue your perception of the world and convince you of false truths. These truths may be that you’ll never get better or that you need the substance to be happy. We’re here to tell you that addiction is also a liar. There is enormous potential in every person to quit and live a much happier life. 

Before researching treatment centers, it helps to do some homework on substance abuse first. The approach to treatment will be based upon the unique individual and the addiction itself. Recognizing the common misconceptions and myths about rehab will help clear the air and get you on the right path to recovery.

What’s a Rehab Program?

Before we get into the misconceptions, let’s start by explaining what a rehab program is. Residential rehabilitation – rehab for short – consists of a drug and/or alcohol treatment program that takes place in a residential setting. Rehabs aim to provide a sober-living community for all patients. There are different programs and levels of care one can commit to in a rehab facility. At Coastal Detox, each program is tailored to the patient.

After a thorough assessment, we’ll decide on which level of care is best suited together. Below are the levels of care our facility provides:

Now that you have a better understanding of what rehab is let’s debunk these myths.

Myth 1: Treatment isn’t necessary. Addicts can stop doing drugs if they want to.

Fact: Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Treatment programs aim to recondition a patient’s mental, physical, and emotional health to live a substance-free life. Without treatment, it’s easy to fall back into the same routine. This is especially true if you’re staying in an environment with harmful triggers and addicts around you.

This is achieved with a comprehensive program that teaches the skills and provides the tools necessary for avoiding triggers and preventing relapse. Treatment provides patients with a unique opportunity to focus on themselves while receiving professional treatment. 

Myth 2: You should never be forced into rehab. An individual would have to choose for themselves; otherwise, it won’t work. 

Fact: The majority of addicts do not want to go to treatment, even when they know they need it. Many people start their recovery journey at rehab by force, whether it’s a legally mandated court order, the result of an intervention from loved ones, or from the threat of losing their job or family. 

There’s nothing wrong with needing a bit of a push. It’s hard for us to perceive ourselves from an outside perspective sometimes. If someone who loves and cares for your dearly sees that you require help, it may be time to listen. Pushing a loved one to go into treatment can make a life or death difference in the long run. 

Myth 3: Unless you’ve hit rock bottom, there’s no point in attending rehab. 

Fact: People all have different ideas of what “rock bottom” means to them. There is no need to keep putting yourself and those around you through the pain because you’re waiting for things to get bad enough. “Rock bottom” could end in a fatal overdose.

The sooner one can attend treatment, the better. It’s important to recognize the problem and properly address it. 

Myth 4: It doesn’t matter what facility you go to. All addiction treatment programs are essentially the same. 

Fact: Most rehab facilities have different approaches to treatment. Some may emphasize holistic care, while others promote a strict daily fitness regime. Also, some treatment centers will focus on one type of addiction over the other. 

Most importantly, it is the quality of care. No matter what facility you choose, make sure that they have the core elements of a good treatment program. They need to have valid credentials and an evidence-based approach to their methods. 

Myth 5: Treatment will cure an addiction entirely. 

Fact: Rehab will not cure addiction. We must be honest with ourselves. Rehab isn’t a magic trick that will make all your problems go away. You have to put in the effort and have the commitment to make certain changes in your life. Rehab is a significant useful tool, but you must apply what you learn after you finish your treatment program

Rehab is about working together to create a better future. It’s also about patience. Most challenges aren’t resolved overnight. Things take time. In the future, problems will still arise…And that’s okay. 

There is a lot of beauty and fulfillment you have yet to feel. The pain and challenges we experience help us to appreciate the positive times that much more. Even more so, they build character. 

Myth 6: Relapse is proof that treatment doesn’t work. 

Fact: This is probably the most dangerous misconception about rehab. The recovery journey is different for everyone. The commitment to getting better is what makes the difference in the long run. If you relapse, it’s important to ask yourself: What were the triggers? How can I overcome a trigger the next time it arises? Could something improve in my treatment plan?

Relapses happen. It doesn’t mean that treatment didn’t work or that the person didn’t try hard enough. A relapse means that you need additional care. Perhaps, the patient left the program too soon. Maybe, there’s a core part of the program they need more of. 

The main point we want you to take is to keep trying. If something goes wrong, don’t give up. Although rehab is an incredible tool, you have the power in your hands to make significant changes in your life.

Myth 7: You’re just wasting time and money if you keep going back.

Fact: You may have found that there is a certain social stigma around rehab. Some may assume that it doesn’t help, or is way too big of a price to pay for sobriety. However, a lot of that is based on misguided information.

Those that haven’t experienced a severe addiction don’t understand the obstacles that come along with it. Quitting cold-turkey can result in fatal consequences. Even more so, quitting addiction in a toxic environment can feel nearly impossible.  

Rehab is a powerful tool in the recovery journey. If it takes a few tries, then it takes a few tries. The ultimate reward of a sober and happy life outweighs any obstacle on your way to recovery.  

Why Choose Coastal Detox

Client health, safety, comfort, and privacy are always our top priorities. In addition to our trained medical professionals, each client has access to a variety of services and amenities. We offer calming holistic treatment therapies and thorough clinical counseling. Our clients also enjoy nutritious meals prepared by a chef, as well as healthy snacks and juices.

At Coastal Detox, we believe in tailoring treatment for each patient. No matter where you’re at, it’s possible to get better. If you or a loved one is battling with addiction, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. You can contact us here or call us at (844) 387-1286 to begin your recovery journey today. 

References:

https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-nsduh-annual-national-report

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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