Substance abuse does not discriminate between gender, age, social standing, white collar, blue collar, professional or household income. It is an issue that crosses all lines and knows no boundaries affecting individuals, their families, and communities.

Whether its binge drinking, alcoholism, or drug use or experimentation, it is a serious problem that requires immediate acknowledgment and intervention. This report to Congress from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlines the reasons for substance abuse, the importance of treatment, and an explanation of the ups and downs an individual may experience during recovery.

A large percentage of individuals dealing with substance abuse may also suffer from co-recurring mental disorders requiring dual diagnosis treatment.

For anyone learning about substance abuse, the report also outlines several myths about what causes an addiction.

Understanding the Process of Substance Abuse

  • The idea that addiction is only a bad habit that affects weak, non-disciplined individuals just indulging themselves to excessive levels is a myth. Reasons for addiction range from individual social pressures to genetics. It is not a habit picked up and dropped, at will. Addiction is a serious condition that may lead to a life-threatening situation for the abuser as well as those who come in contact with them.
  • Some may think anyone can stop their addiction using willpower, along. This is also a myth. With treatment, courses, and specialized programs, an individual has the support necessary to eliminate, or reduce, their use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • If you take advantage of substance abuse programs but relapse, it shows that treatment does not work. Not true. Recovery is a process with no guarantees. With it, an individual has the chance to stop or minimize their addition. Without treatment, there is no opportunity for recovery as most individuals cannot recover without sustained help from treatment.

If you or someone you care about is in need of help with recovery, contact Transitions Recovery Program for a confidential consultation.