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Here is a passage from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that explains just how big of a problem drug use has become in the United States:
“Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually.”
If you are using drugs in any form, you are contributing to this problem. Furthermore, and just as important, is the fact that you may be lying to yourself about your addiction. Even though others can see that you have a problem, you don’t want to admit this for one reason or another.
Why are you Lying?
It is only natural to lie to yourself, as well as others, about a drug addiction. This is not something you want to believe. You may not be ready to openly admit that you have a problem.
If you find yourself in this position, you may be lying to yourself for one of many reasons. Some of the excuses you may use include:
1. It’s just for fun.
It doesn’t matter why you are using drugs. Even if your intention is to have fun, it doesn’t change the fact that you could become addicted at some point.
There is no denying the fact that illegal drugs can make you feel better. At the same time, this is a short lived experience that can negatively impact your life in many ways. It may be fun while you are doing it, it may even allow you to escape reality, but it doesn’t get you very far in the long run.
2. There is no real harm in doing drugs.
This is one of the most common excuses among those who have an addiction. They don’t want to admit that their drug use is causing major harm. They don’t want to come clean on the fact that they need help.
It is essential to fully understand the seriousness of addiction. It can cause real harm, with the most serious impact being death. Every year, thousands of people overdose on a variety of drugs. Even those who are able to avoid this face other trouble, such as physical and mental concerns and broken relationships with loved ones.
3. I can stop when I want.
Many people with an addiction feel that they can stop whenever they want. They don’t care to think about their drug use because deep down inside they believe it’s not that big of a deal.
You cannot stop when you want. You may attempt to do so, but it is easier said than done. Soon enough, you will find that your addiction has a stranglehold on your life. Every time you attempt to leave your addiction in the past, something else gets in the way.
4. Professional help is a waste of time and money.
As you probably know, there are many types of rehab facilities located throughout the country. Each one shares the same basic goal: to help people in your shoes overcome an addiction.
The problem with this is that many people, those who have an addiction, consider professional help to be a waste of time and money. Nothing could be further from the truth, as a rehab center can tackle the true issues at hand.
5. Drugs are nothing more than a release.
There is no denying the fact that this is often the way an addiction begins. A person turns to drugs for a way to escape reality. For instance, they may be stressed out at work. Or maybe they are faced with a difficult situation in their personal life.
Turning to drugs is not the answer, as it is only going to make things worse in the long run. It may serve as a release, but this doesn’t last forever. Once the impact of the drug wears off, you are still left in the same spot.
6. Other people are doing it.
This is a way for people to rationalize their drug use. My friends are doing it, so it is okay. My family is doing it, so it is okay.
If you continue down this path, you will always find an excuse for your addiction. You will always find somebody who tells you that everything you are doing is just fine. You don’t want to get so caught up in others that you overlook what is best for you.
Tip: if other people in your life are dragging you down, the best thing you can do is get serious about finding a new crowd. This may not be easy, but it is a step you have to take. Once you are surrounded by those who truly care about you, your life will begin to move in a positive direction.
Be Honest with Yourself
It is easy to lie to yourself about your addiction. In fact, it is much easier than being honest and realizing that you need to make some big changes in your life.
Remember this: you shouldn’t be concerned about doing what is easy. You should be concerned with beating your addiction, even if that means facing a harsh reality.
A drug addiction can be extremely powerful. Once you recognize your problem, it won’t be long before you are in position to put the excuses in the past and make real progress in the future.