It’s human to put things off when you don’t want to do them. But people who are addicted to drugs use excuses like they are the truth. Excuses often get in the way of someone completing drug rehab or even getting started.
Drug Addiction Excuses Run Deep
I know I need to stop, but things are too stressful right now. I’ll quit when I’m done with this stash here. I haven’t drank for two days so I certainly don’t have a problem. I still have my job, so I don’t need to stop. My friends and I do this for fun, and we’re all doing OK.
Excuses are just one part of the bigger addiction picture. Addiction thinking really takes hold when use becomes higher than intended, consequences start to emerge, and loss of control begins. The addicted mind fights for survival in a twisted sort of way. Rather than seeing these problems as red flags, the addicted mind sees them as threats.
Excuses Keep The Drug Addict From Quitting and Choosing Drug Treatment
In order to keep the addiction going, the mind makes up excuses to avoid quitting. Some are along the line of “I really would except….” Others are more flippant, suggesting that they don’t really need to quit.
All of these excuses are about bringing temporary relief to the addict. Their sense of inner conflict about using feels uncomfortable. And an addict is all about covering or blurring uncomfortable emotions. One quick and easy way is make excuses. They turn the situation around in their mind so that their situation doesn’t sound uncomfortable.
They can acknowledge their need to quit but remain “understandably” unable (and unobligated) to do so. Or, they define themselves as having no need for drug treatment at all, so no bad feeling comes up in the first place.
Drug Rehab Teaches You To Face Truth Not Use Excuses
Drug rehab is about learning to face your responsibilities, your obligations, your problems. When you learn to ignore and excuse them, they can grow out of control. Your opportunity to intervene effectively can come and go before you realize how bad things have gotten.
Realizing the truth about your drug addiction can be very painful. That’s why you put so much energy into avoiding it by using excuses. But knowing the truth can also set you on the path to a healthier life. Drug rehab can be a part of that new path. Your life may depend on it – is there really an excuse that stands up to that truth?