Common Excuses Addicts Use To Escape Treatment


Breaking free from drug addiction is never easy, but becomes harder when addicts make excuses to avoid seeking help. Unfortunately, many won’t do so until they’re faced with the prospect of either getting clean or death.

Most of the excuses addicts use are not original, and will only exacerbate the problem. Here are some of them:

“I Will Stop when I Decide to”

Many drug abusers are under the illusion that they’re in control. They try to make both themselves and others believe that they can stop whenever they want. But the fact of the matter is that if they had that type of willpower they would never have to resort to using drugs in the first place.

“Rehab is Too Expensive”

While some rehab treatment programs are indeed costly, cost is always relative. For instance, how much does it cost for parents to bury a child who has died due to a drug overdose? What is the cost of spending years in prison because you were convicted for drug related offenses? What is the cost of your career, reputation and the relationships with your friends and loved ones because you chose to continue using drugs? When you look at it this way, even the most expensive rehab centers are cheap compared to the price you will pay if your addiction continues.

What’s more, insurance can be used to pay for rehab costs in most cases, so rehab does not have to break the bank if you get the right financial information from the recovery advisors.

“I Use It for Socializing”

This is a classic excuse, the myth that you need to use drugs or alcohol in order to socialize or fit in. There have been many unfortunate cases where people, especially teenagers and young adults, tried out drugs for the first time at a party, and died as a result. If you need to use drugs in order to socialize, then you’re hanging out with the wrong people. Ultimately, those who end up addicted to drugs often become more socially isolated than they would be if they didn’t use them.

“I Didn’t Hurt Anyone”

This is arguably one of the biggest lies that addicts tell themselves, that they’re not hurting anyone by using drugs. They fail to see that the biggest person they’re hurting is themselves! Add to this the damaged relationships they have with friends and family, and it is easy to see why this excuse is one of the most foolhardy.

“I Will Do What I Want”

Of all the excuses, this one is the most accurate. It is commonly used by addicts that wish to defy the wishes of their family that they enter rehab. They use it because they want people to think that they are in control. At the end of the day, no one can force a drug addict to quit. If they are determined to continue using drugs there is little anyone can do to stop them. But no addict can deny the consequences of abusing drugs. The deterioration of their body and mind, the destruction of their relationship with family and friends, and ultimately, possible imprisonment or the loss of their lives is something that no addict can defy.