Alcoholism is a serious disease that affects countless individuals across
the country. It is a disease that takes a heavy toll on a person’s
health, relationships, career, and all other aspects of life. Like other
forms of drug addiction, alcoholism is also damaging for family members
and friends of the alcoholic. Although alcoholism is so widespread, there
are still some lingering misconceptions about this disease and about
Myth: Alcoholics Are All Unemployed
One of the dangerous myths about alcoholism is that a person cannot truly
be an alcoholic if he or she is
still able to hold down a job. In fact, countless alcoholics do still manage to function. Commonly known
as high-functioning alcoholics, these individuals may go to work every
day, pay their bills, and maintain relationships with their friends and
family members. However, unless a high-functioning alcoholic recognizes
that he or she has a problem and seeks help, his or her drinking will
eventually catch up to them. This may take the form of legal trouble,
marriage problems, or job loss.
Myth: Having an Occasional Drink is Harmless
Alcoholism treatment is a lifelong process. Long after an individual leaves
alcohol rehab, he or she must put in effort every day to maintain sobriety.
Many alcoholics have relapsed because they think that having just one
or two drinks every now and then is harmless. However, the only way to
maintain sobriety is to avoid alcohol entirely.
Myth: Alcoholics Can Only Recover After Hitting Rock Bottom
Another dangerous myth about alcoholism is that alcoholism treatment will
only work if the individual has already hit rock bottom. In other words,
the individual needs to lose his or her job, go through divorce, lose
his or her home, or get arrested for DUI before he or she is ready to
seek help. In fact, an alcoholic can and should seek treatment sooner,
rather than later.
Retreat at Lancaster County is a unique alcohol addiction treatment center.
Here, alcoholism treatment is customized to meet the needs and strengths
of each individual patient. If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism,
please call us today at (717) 859-8000 to schedule an evaluation.