There are so many misconceptions around general mental health, but around addiction specifically, there are very harmful misconceptions. Unless they are dealing with their own addiction or close loved ones’, most people do not really know all that goes into an addiction.
People with addictions can’t be successful
Not only is this misconception completely false, but it also contributes to the stigma associated with addiction. If successful people that are struggling with addictions constantly hear this misconception, they may think that they do not qualify for an addiction. They may think that they are not “bad enough” to have an addiction.
Success comes in many different forms. You can have a well-paying job that you are good at. You can love your family dearly. You can have materialistic items, although this does not mean you are successful, it means you can afford nice things, which some people regard as success. Success is relative. There are many successful people who struggle with addictions and other mental illnesses.
Not all people with addictions are homeless and struggling financially to support themselves. Those with addictions look like the general population. They go to school and work. They have a family. They look like the norm. The thing is, many people with addictions hide their addiction from their family, friends, and coworkers. They display themselves as confident and able to function. Many people around them may not notice that they are struggling, though.
Here are some interesting statistics on those who might be regarded as successful, but have an addiction:
- According to the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “approximately 19.5% of all alcoholics are categorized as ‘functional.’”
- According to the 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment, “8% of full-time and 10.2% of part-time workers use illicit drugs.”
- According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), “workplace drug testing reveals illicit drug use in certain industries has reached a height of 19%.”
Although there is the misconception that those with addiction and mental illnesses cannot lead successful lives, there are so many people who dispel this myth. Those with addictions and mental illnesses are able to excel in their positions and families despite their struggles. Their success, however, doesn’t mean that they don’t need help — they do. This is where we come in.
If you think someone you care about is struggling with an addiction or mental illness, reach out to Pinnacle Recovery today. We can help them begin recovery and become even more successful than before. Call our trained and experienced staff today at 1-866-301-0573. We cannot wait to hear from you.