4 Myths about Rehab

Deciding to seek professional help for addiction or get checked into rehab is not easy. It’s made easier by American Rehabs, a website to help addicts find facilities near them. However, it’s not just finding a rehab that’s difficult, it can be emotionally challenging too. And although it can be difficult, many statistics show the positive effects and impact that rehabilitation has on addicts and those who choose to make this life-changing decision. However, many people are still deterred from rehab and the possibility of recovery because of the untruths and myths that are attached to the subject. Here are four myths that are associated with the rehabilitation process and rehab facilities.

“You Have to Want Treatment for It to Work”

The majority of those who enter rehab or seek substance treatment are either urged by family and loved ones, or they are court ordered. So, having to want to be rehabilitated for it to work or be effective is simply not true. Recovery rates between those who willingly choose rehabilitation and those with other motives generally do not vary much. This is due to type of treatments being received, rather than the initial motive to be there.

“Wait Until Hitting Rock Bottom”

Another common misconception about going to rehab is that the addict or abuser must hit rock bottom first. It is actually better to receive treatment sooner rather than later, as studies show that the sooner an addict receives help after developing an addiction, the better the chances of getting and remaining sober. It isn’t easy at any stage to convince an addict to receive help, but waiting until rock bottom can be life-threatening, and it is best to avoid these dangers by seeking help as soon as possible.

“Relapse Equates Failure”

Being that addiction is a chronic disease, relapsing is very common after treatment. This does not at all mean that the addict is a failure or hopeless. The first few months after treatment are the most vulnerable for an abuser, and returning back to their previous environment can be a trigger for relapse. Recovery is a long process that often requires frequent treatment attempts and should not be disregarded because of relapse.

“Treatment is Quick”

Studies show that 21 days for short-term inpatient programs and 90 days for outpatient programs are the minimum needed to be effective. Follow-up support and supervision are also needed for ongoing treatment. Successful recovery takes time and treatment cannot and should not be rushed no matter how motivated the addict is.


Addiction is not the last chapter. There are addiction resources. Despite the myths around it, rehabilitation and recovery are possible and available to all who suffer from addiction and substance abuse. Find out how South Coast Counseling can help you or a loved one start on the road to recovery.