If someone told you that you were suffering from a disease like cancer, chances are you would seek immediate treatment. In fact, most people will think along the lines of, “the sooner I can get treatment, the better chance I have at beating this.”
But addicts seem to think differently when it comes to combating the disease of addiction. Here are the top 5 excuses addicts give as to why they don’t think they need rehab.
I Can’t Go To Rehab Because….
It’s not that bad
Many believe their addiction is just not bad enough. Sometimes addicts will fill in the blanks with what they think is a situation that is “bad enough” to diagnose them as having the disease of addiction. You may have heard or said things like, “I never got arrested or stole from anyone, so I am not as bad as other people I know.” This kind of thinking enables an addict to continue on their destructive path.
Suggestion: If you have to say it’s not that bad, chances are it’s bad enough to get help. The sooner you get treatment the better chance you have at recovering and avoiding some of the dangerous pitfalls many addicts have already gone through. You don’t have to be arrested, lose everything, and destroy your life to hit a bottom and get help.
2. I can’t take time off from work/school/parenting/etc…
Another excuse addicts may use is that they just can’t take the time – and maybe they really can’t. But where there is willingness to get better, there is a way. The reality is that if an addict continues to use, they will most likely lose the job, the family, etc. If they don’t, they either may die or they may live the rest of their life miserable and a slave to drugs.
How much is that job really worth to you?
Is it really worth your life? What about your family? Have you ever thought that you may not actually be helping them because you are high all the time? How selfish is it to stay with them and destroy their lives along with yours just so you don’t go to rehab?
Suggestion: Ask a professional about options for you so that you can take the time to get treatment. For those of you who are worried about losing a job, have you ever heard of FMLA? Click here to learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act to see if it could help you get treatment without worrying about work. As far as your family goes, taking some time to recover to be there for them for a lifetime seems well worth it.
3. It’s too expensive
Many treatment centers, like The Watershed, take insurance. You will not know who does unless you call, though. Just like any treatment plan at a hospital, there may be additional costs, but those extra costs shouldn’t stop you from going to rehab. Your life is worth investing in. People spend money on schooling, houses, cars, etc…why not spend it on saving your life? For those who do not have insurance and/or do not have any money, there are non-profit rehabs that can help, you can click here to see if there is one in your area.
Suggestion: Before you assume treatment is going to cost too much and instead decide to spend your money and your family’s money on drugs and consequences, try calling a treatment program first and see what options are available – and affordable – to you. You may be surprised.
4. It doesn’t work
The bad news about cancer treatment is that it’s really out of the person’s control whether they get better or not. The great news about the disease of addiction is that if you want to get better, you can, provided that you are open-minded, willing, and honest in your recovery process. It does work if you work it.
Suggestion: Do the work and stop self-sabotaging. Take suggestions (like this one) and put all that energy that you put into your addiction into your recovery.
5. I can do this on my own
There are some people who have recovered from drug abuse on their own, but the question remains if they were a drug abuser or an addict. If you don’t know the difference, click here. Anyone can kick a bad habit provided they put enough effort into it and want it bad enough, but battling the disease of addiction which centers in the brain isn’t so easy on your own.
You are basically trying to fix the problem with the same brain that is the problem. See where we’re going with this? This is why treatment, recovery programs, and sober supports are favored to recover from addiction long-term.
Suggestion: It is OK if you can’t do this on your own; addiction treatment centers exist so you don’t have to. You can recover, but it’s up to you to stop making excuses and start taking action.
For more information on addiction treatment and how it can help you, call now at 1-800-861-1768. You deserve the opportunity to live a life free from the grip of addiction.Tags: 12 step programs, heroes in recovery, rehab