Nearly 13.8 million Americans have a drinking problem, with 8.1 million of them struggling with alcoholism. Despite these high numbers, many do not seek treatment. Alcoholism and alcohol use disorders can greatly affect a person’s happiness, health, and well-being, but there are many myths that hold people back from seeking treatment. Whether you or a loved one find difficulty managing your drinking, see if you can relate to any of these common myths surrounding alcoholism:
- As long as you can function at work and in social activities, your drinking is manageable. Functioning alcoholism is more common than it seems – many people drink under the radar, causing their loved ones and coworkers to have no idea what’s going on after-hours. Just because you can function at work and other social activities does not mean that you don’t have a problem.
- If the people you spend time with drink a lot and often, it must be normal. Occasional outing with coworkers is likely a safe endeavor – but if your social circle is drinking daily and in copious amounts, there is a high chance that several of you may develop an alcohol-related disorder.
- Drinking is the only way to have fun and there’s nothing wrong with that; those who don’t drink are boring. Many people with addiction don’t understand how others can live without it; it’s part of the addiction’s pull, reeling you in to believe there’s no other alternative. With the right recovery treatment program, you can develop safer, healthier forms of enjoying life for what it truly is – without the addiction lens.
- Drinking alcohol causes addiction. Simply drinking alcohol does not cause addiction; in fact, there are many people who drink casually without developing any alcohol-related disorder. However, family history and genetics, the age of your first drink, and your mental health can all indicate whether you are at high-risk for developing alcoholism.
- You can stop drinking at any time. Test this theory and see for yourself. If you’re able to stop drinking for a month or more with no issues, you may not have anything to worry about. If you make several attempts to quit drinking and find yourself unable to, that is a sign that you may have an alcohol use disorder.
Speak with a licensed physician and be honest about your drinking habits to help determine if you need treatment. The road to recovery is a long one, but it’s well worth the challenging work and dedication it requires. Make the decision to seek help today; your health and happiness depends on it.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.