Facts and Misconceptions About Drug Abuse

Delano is helping many individuals on their journey to getting sober. Unfortunately, the problem of drug addiction continues to grow in the U.S. Here are some important facts you may not have realized:

There are as many people with substance use disorders as there are diabetics.

As of 2017, close to 21 million people had a substance use disorder. That’s about the same number of people who are living with diabetes. It is also equal to the number of people who have been diagnosed with all types of cancers put together.

As of 2014, death from an overdose was four times what it was in 1999.

During the 1990s, pain pills were widely prescribed. A sharp increase occurred in the number of people misusing them. When it became more difficult to obtain these pills, many users started using heroin. By 2014, the deaths were four times what they were just 15 years before.

Interventions (like the ones you see on TV) really aren’t very useful.

Well-meaning loved ones may stage an intervention. This is where they confront the individual with the substance abuse disorder. They may try to make them seek treatment immediately. Numerous studies have shown that these interventions are usually ineffective.

Medical drug treatments do not substitute one addiction for a different one.

It is a misconception that when a drug abuser is given drug treatment, they are simply using one as a substitute for another. It is a very necessary part of a successful treatment program. Drugs used in treatment can help patients in many ways.

Not all drug abuse needs to be severe to be a problem.

Drug abusers who are identified and treated earlier have a much higher chance for success. Intervention should be given when any harmful misuse is seen. This way, interference can occur within the healthcare system. Brief treatment for mild substance use disorders may be all that is needed.

Getting a peer recovery coach can be very helpful.

A peer recovery coach is sometimes referred to as a “sober coach.” They are mentors also in recovery. These people are not treatment counselors or treatment case managers. But they can be helpful in guiding a newly recovering addict trying to stay sober.

Halfway houses are a useful gateway to a world beyond substance abuse.

Recovery houses (or halfway houses as they are often called) can be very effective for people who have undergone drug use treatment. Lack of a drug-free living environment can be a huge obstacle for people trying to stay sober. Recovery programs can provide a supportive environment.