7 Common Myths about Drug and Alcohol Addiction


Myth 1: Addiction is a sign of weakness

Myth 2: Prescription drugs are harmless

Myth 3: Only certain types of people are addicts

Myth 4: Only “hard” drugs are addictive

Myth 5: Drug use always causes addiction

Myth 6: Addiction equals dependence

Myth 7: There’s a 'cure' for addiction

Patrick Chatfield

Patrick Chatfield


Patrick Chatfield is a digital editor at He’s the assigning editor for Heart Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory Health, and Infectious Diseases. He also assists with social media, medical review, and site updates. He’s interested in all things related to science, technology, history, and public health.