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Debunking Common Addiction Recovery Myths


Here at Prosperity Haven, we hear a lot of addiction recovery myths. These widely-believed misunderstandings don’t just give our clients the wrong impression about their own addictions and what to expect from recovery, they feed into an ongoing misunderstanding of addiction by society as a whole.

It’s our goal to lay out the truth about rehab, so clients, their loved ones, and eventually the average person can understand how addiction works and how we can work together to overcome the challenges it presents. Here are some of the most common addiction rehab myths circulating in Cleveland and Chardon.

Addiction Can Be Cured

Can addiction be cured? No, we wouldn’t ever use the word “cure.” We talk about our clients entering a lifetime of recovery because cravings will persist for the rest of their lives and relapse can happen at any time down the road. However, this doesn’t mean it will always be as difficult as it is when you’re first starting out — recovery becomes much more manageable with time, sobriety, coping techniques, and practice, allowing people to stay clean for their entire lives.

You Have to Hit Rock Bottom, and “Be Ready” for Rehab

Often, our clients haven’t lost what’s important to them, but they’ve seen that they will lose their job, relationships, and health if they don’t change their ways. There’s a big difference between being completely ready to get clean and being open to putting in some work and moving in the direction of sobriety. Thankfully, the latter is what matters most.

Addiction is a Choice, or Sign of Weakness

Addiction is a disease, and anyone can catch it in the right (or wrong) circumstances. It’s all too common for people to lose control of their drinking or substance use, or even take a medication as prescribed and end up with a dependency. You can’t control your addiction, but you can control how you work to manage and overcome your cravings, and that’s the real test of strength.

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Going to Rehab Means Starting Completely Over

This misconception is tied to the “rock bottom” myth, as people believe they have to quit or lose their jobs or cut ties with their family. Many of our clients are simply taking a leave from work, and it’s our goal to help people transition back into their daily lives as healthily and smoothly as possible. You can get relevant help from your work-life coordinator [1], or the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) [2].

Addiction Rehab is for the Rich

Some rehab can be expensive, but it absolutely doesn’t have to break the bank. Not only do we strive to make our treatment at Prosperity Haven as affordable as possible and customize it to your needs and resources, but we also accept a wide range of health insurances to help you get the quality care you deserve. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get expert, dedicated help.

There’s Only One Path to Recovery — and Relapse is Failure

Everyone’s recovery journey is different: some people can get and stay clean with rehab treatment alone, while others may relapse multiple times. But relapse doesn’t mean the end of the line; it just represents a rough patch. We’re here to meet our clients where they are in their journey and empower them with the support and tools they need to make their latest attempt at getting clean last. Find out how Prosperity Haven can help: contact us today.


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