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Do You Have a Problem with Drugs or Alcohol?

One of the biggest problems with addictions to substances such as drugs is they can fool us into believing we still have con­trol. Many drugs can make us at least temporarily feel smarter more at ease more in control of ourselves and the world. Eventually however they stop working and instead of alleviating our problems they create more.

Think about the substances that you use to make yourself feel better cigarettes, alcohol, prescription medications, or so called recreational drugs.

Myths about Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Most of us hold beliefs about drug and alcohol abuse that simply aren’t true. These myths can keep us from recognizing when we or someone we care about has a problem with sub­stance abuse.

Drugs are drugs. People can abuse and become addicted to almost any drug.  It’s true that many drugs don’t cause physical withdrawal symptoms like heroin or alcohol do. But many drugs can cause a powerful psychological addiction.

Myth: Only men are alcoholics or drug addicts. Substance abuse experts recognize that many drug and alcohol abusers are women. Unfortunately women tend to be more secretive and private than men about their habit so their problem may go unnoticed.

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Myth: I’m too young to be an addict or alcoholic. Drug and alco­hol addiction don’t discriminate on the basis of age. Many younger people are seeking help from drug and alcohol addiction than ever before.

Myth: I can’t be an addict or alcoholic. I hold down a responsible job. Not all alcoholics or drug addicts are derelicts on the street. Substance abuse experts estimate that 10 percent of all business executives are alcoholics. Every day the tabloids are filled with stories of celebrities and athletes admitting to drug dependencies.

Myth: I’m too smart to become dependent on drugs or alcohol. Intelligence has nothing to do with alcohol or drug abuse. In fact many substance abuse experts believe the predilection to addic­tion may be inherited.

Myth: Drugs make me perform better. There’s no evidence any drug improves work or school per­formance. Some people believe drugs or alcohol enhance their cre­ativity However any short term gains are outweighed by impaired memory, judgment, and reaction time; an inability to do complex tasks; and many long term nega­tive health effects.

Myth: My drug or alcohol use is my business and no one else’s. If you have friends, family, and coworkers, you can bet your substance abuse affects them too. That’s because it affects who you are when you drink or use drugs. People who abuse alcohol or drugs have more accidents, are absent from work more often, have diffi­culties with relationships, and are more likely to commit suicide.

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