Myths of Alcohol Use Disorder
There’s no myth surrounding the fact that beating an alcohol use disorder can be difficult. The more than 14 million adults in the United States with an alcohol use disorder can tell you that. While there’s plenty of truth in there, the same can’t be said for some common statements made about alcohol abuse. The problem with these statements is that so many people begin to believe them. And eventually, they may not seek help from a Scottsdale alcohol rehab program because they may not believe they have a problem.
Let’s take a look at some of these myths and uncover the truth.
Myth 1: You Can Get Drunk Every Once in a While
Whether a person gets drunk once or frequently, it’s never a good idea. Drinking too much can impair your judgment as well as cause deadly consequences if you decide to get behind the wheel. Excessive drinking can also lead to liver problems, heart problems, and other health issues.
Myth 2: You Don’t Have a Drinking Problem if You Can Hold Your Liquor
As people drink more, they begin to need more to feel an effect. The fact that someone can “hold their liquor” may indicate that they already have a drinking problem. If they are feeling no effect after having a few drinks, that could mean that they’ve built up an alcohol tolerance.
Myth 3: Drinking Too Much Means You Have a Mental Illness
Not everyone who drinks too much has a mental illness. Statistics from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that only 42% of people with substance abuse disorders also have a mental illness.
Making the false assumption that everyone who drinks has a mental illness can make it harder for people to get the help they need. There is dual diagnosis treatment available for those who truly do have a mental health illness and are suffering from an alcohol use disorder.
Myth 4: A Quick Cup of Coffee Will Make You Sober
Although coffee contains caffeine which can make you feel more alert, it’s doesn’t make your body process alcohol any quicker. Your body needs time to break down the effects of the alcohol you drank. The more you drink, the longer this process will take.
Myth 5: People with Alcohol Use Disorder Have No Willpower
When people believe that alcohol use disorder is associated with a lack of willpower, they may feel discouraged to get the help they need. Many factors play into a person’s alcohol abuse. Environmental, physiological, and even genetic factors can play a role.
Myth 6: People with Alcohol Use Disorder are Usually Homeless or Unemployed
This is certainly a myth! There are many people with high-functioning jobs who also have an alcohol use disorder. You cannot make assumptions about the “type” of people who have alcohol use disorder. It affects all people from all walks of life.
Myth 7: You Don’t Have an Alcohol Problem if You Only Drink on the Weekends
It doesn’t matter if you drink during the week or on the weekends. Alcohol use disorder forms when you start developing unhealthy habits because you drink. If you can’t stop drinking or get into fights, accidents, or legal problems, you could have an alcohol use disorder.
Get Help for Your Alcohol Use Disorder at a Scottsdale Alcohol Rehab
At SpringBoard Recovery, you can get the help you need for your alcohol use disorder. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state of Arizona is one of the top consumers of alcohol, surpassing the use of illegal drugs. Statistics show that excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 2,300 deaths annually.
The team at SpringBoard Recovery believes that treating your addiction at its core is the only way for you to beat it. SpringBoard Recovery looks at the causes that lead to your addiction. By treating these, they can help you overcome your alcohol use disorder.
Through intensive outpatient therapy and both group and private sessions, you will learn how to overcome your addiction and live without alcohol. We also teach you how to live a sober life once your treatment is over.
If you’re ready to take the first step in your recovery, call SpringBoard Recovery today or send us a message online.
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- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
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- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disorders
- Harvard Health Publishing: https://www.health.harvard.edu/addiction/alcohol-abuse
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/psr/2013/alcohol/2013/AZ-alcohol.pdf