It seems that people come up with as many excuses to avoid treatment as they do to deny their addiction. For many these excuses seem perfectly valid, unfortunately, they are not. These are the excuses that people use to keep avoid treatment and continue their addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, most addicts make a variety of excuses to avoid seeking treatment.
I Have to Work
One of the most common excuses is that addiction treatment will interfere with work. Most people who make this excuse completely ignore the fact that there are different forms of treatment including outpatient treatment.
It’s Not the Right Time
This is also an extremely common but very flimsy excuse. There really isn’t a right time to seek addiction treatment. Addiction treatment is difficult and it is one of the things that you just need to do. No one can predict the perfect time to get treatment for an addiction.
I can Stop on My Own
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people cannot stop on their own. Many addictions require medical treatment and all addictions require some form of counseling. Getting off drugs is a difficult process and although some people can stop on their own, it is easier with treatment.
I cannot Afford Treatment
Everyone can afford addiction treatment. There are low cost and free programs that are available to those that need them. Most addiction treatment centers will also help with payment plans and other options. In addition, insurance companies now cover a variety of addiction services.
I do not have Time
Not having time is not an excuse. If you have time to do drugs, then you have time to stop doing drugs. Having time is a matter of perspective. If you truly want treatment then you will make time for it.
It will Never Happen Again
Although this is not technically not an excuse for not seeking treatment, it is a very common saying among addicts. They promise whatever it was that they did will not become a problem again. Unfortunately, as long as they continue to do drugs they will do it again. One of the different forms of treatment is usually the only way it will stop.
My Friends will Abandon Me if I go to Rehab
For the most part your friends will abandon you if you do not go to rehab. The friends that abandon you when you get off drugs are usually the ones that do drugs and will encourage you to relapse into doing drugs.
How to Stop the Excuses
Fortunately, there is a way to stop these excuses. The decision to go to treatment is often spontaneous and treatment centers except sudden admissions. If you are thinking about drug treatment, it is time to stop making excuses and just go. We can help find the treatment center that best fits your level of drug use, the treatment style you desire, and one that you can afford.