Regardless of a person’s circumstances, it’s important to recognise that anyone can be vulnerable to addiction. No two cases are the same, with addiction impacting people from all occupations.

Myth 1: Only certain types of people can be addicts

No-one is immune from addiction, regardless of their background or profession. In fact, recent figures show that there has been a rise in middle-class or ‘lifestyle’ drug users in the UK who are taking class A drugs (such as cocaine) recreationally.

Myth 2: Having a decent job and a family means you cannot experience addiction

Many people fighting addiction have loving families and successful careers. A person with a drug and/or alcohol problem who can still carry out normal day-to-day tasks is sometimes known as a functioning addict. This means that their addiction can be easily hidden from family and friends, making it even harder for them to ask for help if they need it. A person’s ability to carry on as normal while abusing drink or drugs might also prevent them from recognising that they have a problem.

Myth 3: Addiction is a choice – they could stop at any time

Addiction does not always happen because a person has made bad choices. A person’s dependency on drugs or alcohol can come down to how their brain reacts to continued use of certain substances. The feeling of euphoria that a person experiences when consuming drugs or alcohol can be attributed to dopamine – a neurotransmitter released by the brain when it is expecting a reward. Your brain chemistry plays a significant role in whether you will become addicted, making recovery more difficult for some people than others.

Myth 4: Once an addict, always an addict

While many people can find it difficult to stop drinking or taking drugs, recovery from addiction is possible. With the right support and treatment, people suffering with addiction can make a full recovery and go on to lead healthy, happy lives. The most effective treatment methods are designed to help people who have relapsed or are at risk of using drugs or alcohol again in the future.

Like any medical condition, the treatment phase is a process, so making sure the individual has the right support is crucial.

Myth 5: Alcohol addiction is not as bad as drug addiction

Drinking alcohol is much more widely accepted in our society than taking drugs, meaning it can sometimes be difficult to spot when someone has a problem. When alcohol plays a part in social occasions and holidays; alcohol addiction can be one of the toughest addictions to break.

There are several warning signs that could indicate a problem with alcohol dependency. These include drinking in risky situations (such as when you’re about to drive a car), drinking at all times of the day, or continuing to drink despite the impact on health and relationships. Spotting these signs early can make a significant difference when it comes to treatment and recovery.

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