Medications prescribed by a doctor are an effective, potentially lifesaving, treatment for opioid addiction. These medications reduce drug use and help keep people in treatment longer. In fact, studies show that combining medication with therapy yields the best results for opioid addiction.
Addiction is a complex, often chronic brain disease for which there is currently no cure. There is always a risk of relapse, similar to other chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Some may view this as discouraging and think, “If there is no cure, what is the point of getting treatment?” Though the thought of dealing with a life-long disease can be daunting, it is possible to live a healthy life with proper care.
When talking about addiction treatment, it is common to hear that a patient must strongly want to get better in order for treatment to work. This myth is far from reality. People with addiction often believe they don’t want or need treatment. In fact, low motivation or acceptance of their need for help often goes hand-in-hand with being addicted.
Hitting Rock Bottom refers to the notion that a person must hit their lowest point before having the motivation to change. It implies the person needs to experience firsthand the worst consequences of his actions before he will be motivated to get help and alter these behaviors.
Addiction is often considered a moral failing because using an addictive drug is seen as a personal choice. Many think, “No one is forcing you to use that drug, so why not just stop?” As with most chronic diseases, personal choice is only one element involved in developing the disease.
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