12 Popular Myths About Addiction That Actually Aren’t True

About two weeks ago, one of my friends since high school passed away from a suspected overdose after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. This guy had been very close to my family, and although we hadn’t spoken or hung out in a while, he was someone I cared about very much. I was devastated to hear about his passing. Thinking about it – even writing this – feels like I’m getting punched in the chest. I miss him very much, and I am beyond upset that his alcohol and drug addiction overcame him in the end.

Unfortunately, I am not the only person feeling this type of loss. Over 46,000 people a year die from drug overdoses in the United States. At this very moment, we are facing a huge heroin problem – the drug is cheap, available, and incredibly addictive. In the last few months, I have heard the news that several people I knew in passing died from drug overdoses. I have watched close friends become addicted to drugs, and while some have managed to survive, others haven’t been as lucky.

Addiction is a terrible, terrible disease, and it is something we all need to stay informed about. If dealing with this recent tragedy in my life has taught me anything, it’s that addiction is one of the most powerful diseases out there. Once it takes hold of a person, it is very hard to get rid of it. I don’t want to see anyone else in my position, or worse, in my friend’s position. Learning the truth behind popular myths about addiction may help you learn how to deal with it or how to deal with someone struggling with it. At least, I hope it does. Here are 12 popular myths about addiction that actually aren’t true.

Do you know anyone who struggles with addiction? Which of these myths did you believe? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.

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