Five Commonly Heard Myths of Addiction

Anderson Spickard Jr., M.D., expert in substance abuse prevention and treatment identifies five myths of addiction below.

Myth 1: Addicted individuals must want help to get help.

Myth 2: Addicted individuals must hit rock bottom before they can get better.

Myth 3: Addicted individuals will quit on their own.

Myth 4: Addiction is a lifestyle choice, and no one has a right to interfere.

Myth 5: Trying to help might make things worse.


Spickard, A. (2019). Five Myths of Addiction. Retrieved from

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