From the Professionals
Addiction is a baffling condition, especially for the friends and family members of addicts or alcoholics who just don’t understand why their loved one can’t “just stop.” There has been a longstanding misconception that addiction is merely a lack of willpower, or is a choice an in individual has control over. These misunderstandings have extremely detrimental effects. Not only does it create a great amount of shame for the addicted individual, it also means that the friends and families of an addicted person often take it personally that their loved one doesn’t quit.
Learning about addiction — what it actually is and how best to treat it — is critical to overcoming it. In this article series we turn to the experts — those who have a wealth of experience in the field of addiction treatment — to enlighten us with their knowledge.