5 Drug Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

5 Drug Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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Drug Myths Are Common and Misleading

Drug abuse is a topic that has more heated debate, and misinformation, than almost any other controversial topic.

Through the support of the War on Drugs, many myths are distributed to the public as facts. While these myths may keep a few people away from drugs, drug use has remained a problem for society.

What’s more important is that these myths distract people from the realities of the disease of addiction. The more ignorance is out there, the less of a chance people have to make informed, intelligent decisions about their lives.

The Most Common Drug Myths

Here are five drug myths that have fooled millions:

  1. All Addicts Look the Same

    • When you see addicts on TV or in the media, you can always immediately tell they are addicts by their physical appearance. They are often skinny and pale and have bad teeth. In reality, anyone can get addicted to drugs and drug use doesn’t affect everyone’s body the same way. You could have talked to a drug addict while in line at the grocery store this week and didn’t even know it.
  2. Pot is “Safe” Because it’s Plant-Based

    • A portion of the population praises the benefits of marijuana, claiming it’s natural and therefore, healthy. However, because the marijuana industry is, for the most part, illegal and unregulated by the government, you may be smoking as much pesticide as THC when you light up a bowl. Smoking can also cause emphysema and lung-related illness.
  3. Drug Addicts are Violent Criminals

    • This pervasive myth may be one of the most damaging pieces of misinformation for drug addicts who are trying to recover and re-enter society. Although most drugs take away some amount of a person’s inhibition and potentially lead to crime, drugs don’t turn a nonviolent person into a violent one. Saying drug addicts are violent is just one more way to stigmatize addicts.
  4. Pot is a Gateway to Other Drugs

    • Many people say marijuana is a “gateway drug,” meaning smoking marijuana will lead to hard drug use. Marijuana has no property that makes a person want to do crack. What can cause a person to go from pot to harder drugs is the age they start using drugs. Using drugs at a young age can make you more likely to develop an addiction later in life.
  5. Some Drugs are Universally Addictive

    • Drugs like heroin and crack are often described as being universally addictive. The myth goes that if a person takes one hit of a crack pipe or one snort of heroin, he or she will be immediately hooked. In reality, not everyone who tries drugs recreationally gets addicted. The problem is, addiction is a disease that occurs in people independent of their substance abuse. While an individual may not have a drug problem now, he or she may actually have the disease of addiction. Once drugs are introduced into the mix, they can quickly become addicted.

Drug Myths Harms Recovering Addicts

Myths about drug addiction are everywhere, but the realities of addiction are often scarier than the myths. Don’t let substance abuse rule your life. Banyan Treatment Center treats all forms of addiction and substance abuse. Get away from the myths, and the drugs, at Banyan Treatment Center.

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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