Myths about Alcoholism
When it comes to addiction and alcoholism, everybody has something to say. The bad part is, most of it’s not true. Alcoholism and alcohol treatment are surrounded by myths and mistruths, which leads to a misconception about alcohol, addiction, and treatment. When we believe these myths, recovery becomes nearly impossible.
Instead of falling into that trap, we’ve gathered some of the most common myths about alcoholism and shed some truth upon them.
Drinking Only Impacts the Drinker
Alcoholism is a family disease, even if it’s only one person drinking. It has an impact on our children, our families, our friends, and even our co-workers. One person’s problem drinking adds chaos to others’ lives and increases people’s stress and anxiety.
Drinking Isn’t as Dangerous as Drug Use
Many people think drinking is completely different than drug use, but it’s not. Alcohol is a drug, and if it’s being abused, that makes it drug abuse. Regardless, alcohol is just as dangerous, if not more so, than most drugs. Withdrawing from alcohol can be fatal, there are more alcohol-related deaths than any other drug, and alcoholism itself is considered a fatal disease.
Alcoholics Must Hit Rock Bottom to get Better
By believing this myth, we continue to rationalize our drinking instead of seeking treatment. The fact is there is no rock bottom. Being an alcoholic is rock bottom enough and a good reason to go to treatment. We don’t ever have to wait for things to get worse before we try to make them better.
Alcoholic’s Lives Fall Apart
Just because your life isn’t in shambles doesn’t mean you’re not an alcoholic. There are plenty of us out there who held down jobs and didn’t lose our houses to our disease. We intervened before our alcoholism got that bad. Don’t underestimate your problem just because it’s not as big as someone else’s. If left to its own devices, it will soon grow to be a monster.
Rehab Fixes Everything
When alcoholics go to rehab, many of us believe that everything will be fixed when we return, but that’s far from the case. While rehab gives an alcoholic the knowledge and skills needed to recover from alcoholism, the journey to recovery has just begun. There are still bills that need to be paid, friends and family who’ve been hurt by our drinking, work waiting on us, a dirty house that needs to be cleaned, and the list goes on and on. Learning to live with the consequences of our past behavior and live life isn’t easy and only begins once rehab has ended.