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Common Misconceptions About Alcoholism

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 30, 2020 11:00:00 AM / by Ryan Rivard

Alcoholism is a serious issue in our society today—millions of people are currently suffering from alcoholism and the subsequent consequences. Unfortunately, there are many myths about alcoholism that plague our society, making it harder for those suffering to get the help they need.  

 

While there are plenty of misconceptions about alcohol itself, alcoholism is an addiction. Some people are able to socially drink here and there but alcoholics often have less control over their situation. However, alcoholics don’t necessarily need to drink all day every day. There are varying levels and types of alcoholism that plague our society and each individual should be viewed as a unique case in their path towards recovery. It’s a very personal journey and both men and women’s programs take different approaches to treatment. 

 

Some of the most common myths about alcohol abuse stem from our thoughts around willpower. People think that recovery is a matter of telling yourself you’re done drinking and sticking to it. Alcoholism is more than that. It’s a physical and psychological addiction that commonly overpowers any sense of willpower someone has. Because of this, alcoholism has been deemed a legitimate mental health disorder and should be treated as such. 

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Arguably, the most dangerous common myths about alcohol abuse include the statements revolving around the fact that it’s not as severe as other types of addictions. Regardless of what your addiction is, it’s dangerous. Alcoholism has both short-term and long-term effects on your health and, in certain circumstances, can be fatal to you or those surrounding you. Alcoholism can lead to permanent side effects and contributes to the proliferation of serious mental health disorders. Just remember, alcoholism is an illness and if you or a loved one is suffering there are things you can do to take back control and life a healthy life in recovery. 


The Retreat’s Minneapolis recovery center is ready and waiting to help you live a fulfilling life in recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with drugs or alcohol, contact today to learn more about our programs. We have options for men’s recovery programs as well as women’s recovery programs and virtual sessions. It’s important that you properly respond to addiction in a way that supports your friends, family, or individual care so don’t be afraid to reach out. There are a lot of misconceptions about alcohol and it is possible to improve the quality of your life while connecting with a supportive community.

 

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Topics: alcohol addiction, alcoholism, alcohol abuse, Alcohol & Health, Alcoholism Treatment Program

Ryan Rivard

Written by Ryan Rivard

World traveled modern day renaissance man - taking my passion for learning, music, life, creativity, and educational background, and turning it into a business that accompanies all. Inbound marketing guru, competitive hockey player, cigar aficionado, and most importantly family man.

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