Treatment for addiction saves lives. But there is still a lot of uncertainty about what rehab for substance abuse can or cannot accomplish. As a result, people have polarized views about inpatient addiction treatment, either idealizing it as a cure-all or cynically dismissing it as a recipe for failure.
Neither opinion is correct, but each is supported by myths that top rehab centers are doing their very best to refute. Here we will debunk some of the most damaging of these false beliefs, all of which could prevent people struggling with substance abuse from getting the expert medical assistance they desperately need.
Chemical interactions in the brain are the basis of all mental health. When the correct chemicals are present in the correct amounts, your mood remains stable and you have a positive outlook on life. When the chemicals become imbalanced, you may experience mood swings or get stuck feeling severely depressed, manic, anxious or paranoid, to name a few.
Approximately 33 million people worldwide use opioids, according to the 2016 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In the U.S., the heroin crisis has reached epidemic proportions with a reported 145% increase in heroin users since 2007. And with opioid-related deaths on the rise, addiction science is scrambling to catch up with the dire need for effective interventions to treat a condition with relapse rates hovering around 90%.
Alternative therapies for addiction have become so popular they can’t really be considered “alternative” anymore. The mainstreaming of diverse recovery strategies has been one of the more notable achievements in addiction treatment in recent years, and this ongoing trend shows no signs of slowing any time soon.
Around 14.8 million Americans suffer from depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It’s the third most common cause of hospitalization for Americans ages 18 to 44 and the leading cause of disability worldwide. Learn about some of the conditions that may put you at greater risk for depression, and what you can do to develop resiliency against it.