Many people make assumptions about what causes substance use disorders and the best methods for treating them, but these issues are often more complicated than people realize. And the most pervasive myths tend to oversimplify. Let's explore some common misconceptions and get to the facts on substance use disorders.
Myth 1: Once an Addict, Always an Addict
Many people view substance use disorders as a lifelong disease. That is a fixed mindset based on the assumption that you can't retrain your brain to respond differently to triggers. While every case is individual, we believe in a growth mindset backed by science.
Myth 2: Only a 12-Step Program Works for Recovery
While many have success with 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, they aren't the only path to recovery. Evidence shows that 12-step programs don't work for everyone. And their focus around spiritual beliefs doesn't always resonate with people.