4 Common Fallacies about Drug Addiction

substance abuseA fallacy is essentially a falsehood or mistaken idea about something and when it comes to beliefs and ideas about drug addiction, there are plenty to choose from. The plain truth is, drugs ruin lives. Substance abuse commonly leads to broken families, failed careers, and even death. Essentially, whatever a drug addict says to make himself or herself feel better about taking drugs is a lie.

Here are just four of the most commonly held fallacies you may hear repeated by those trying to come to terms with and justify their substance abuse.


Falsehood #1 – Drugs Help You with Creativity

One of the fallacies that users often cite is that drugs help to boost their creativity. In order to really be creative, however, an individual generally needs to be truly interested in and engaged by life apart from any altered reality or temporary, so-called “cheerfulness” induced by drugs. Some may indeed believe that drugs promise enhanced creativity, but in the end, they simply take it away.

Falsehood #2 – Addiction is not a Serious Condition

On the contrary, drug addiction is a very serious matter that profoundly affects the user’s life and the lives of his or her loved ones, as well. A dependency on drugs negatively influences all aspects of a person’s existence, from personal relationships to finances and career. In addition, prolonged substance abuse causes numerous health problems and for some, even leads to death. The gravity of drug addiction should always be considered a very real threat worthy of skilled help and intervention.

Falsehood #3 – Marijuana is Good for You

The fact that marijuana is in very specific circumstances used for medicinal purposes provides a lot of addicts with the scapegoat notion that this substance is in fact good for you. TCH (or tetra-hydro-cannabinol), the active chemical compound in Cannabis sativa, is a strong drug that can lead to various health problems, rather than “cures.” Those addicted to marijuana form a dependency and experience poor concentration, memory problems, and lack of coordination.

Falsehood #4 – Substance Abuse is a Choice

substance abuseOdds are that almost anyone who starts out by just “sampling” drugs believes they are and will always be completely in control and immune to substance abuse and addiction. After all, according to the user’s rationale, taking the drug is a voluntary choice. This may be so at first, but in time, excessive drug use will change the brain’s chemistry, resulting in the compulsive need to take more drugs: the proverbial vicious cycle. In this sense, becoming addicted is not a voluntary choice, but a side effect of abusing drugs.

Drug addicts who seek professional treatment have a chance to stay off drugs completely and improve their lives. If you or a loved one is suffering from drug abuse and addiction, recognizing the myths for what they are is a solid step toward getting the help you need.


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