7 Excuses We Use to Avoid Treatment

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June 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm

7 Excuses We Use to Avoid Treatment

You are no stranger to the debilitating tendency to shirk seemingly not-so-pleasant undertakings. You lack the motivation to approach such issues. You instead embrace that “I’ll take care of that later”, mentality. Yet, when the ‘later’ comes around, you find yourself postponing the issues further, again and again. Quite a self-sabotaging mental disposition, isn’t it?

This tendency is very common with people who have an addiction. They have tons of excuses as to why they are not going for treatment. And all their excuses seem to be the same. Some of these excuses are:

  • “I can stop whenever I want”

Let’s say for example you are addicted to sniffing glue, you think you can just stop it and throw that tin away. You think you are in control, when in reality the addiction is. Otherwise if it was that simple you would not need to tell yourself (or others) that you can stop it if you wanted to low t symptoms low t symptoms.

According to the Hope Trust1, an Indian leading facility for addiction treatment and allied services, despite numerous trials and promises, an addict is helpless in stopping their alcohol or drug use. They may try different sorts of controlling strategies, but all of them are likely to fail. Interestingly, they still feel and claim, they can stop when they want to. This excuse falls under the category of denial.

  • I can’t be helped

This excuse can take two directions. The first one being that we have seen others who went through rehab and relapse. The second one is when we think that we are beyond treatment.

Unfortunately, the sad truth about addiction is that many who attend treatment programs relapse at one point in their lives. However, relapse is not a vote against addiction treatment but a testimony on how it can be difficulty to recover from addiction.

Statistics at Hope Trust show that many experts believe that addiction is a natural part of the part of the recovery process, and that people who recommit themselves to their sobriety after a relapse are likely to live more healthy lives than before.


  • “I’m not hurting anyone” 


It’s no ones business. This is my life. Who cares? Leave my life alone. These are the excuses we use to avoid treatment for addiction. Though we may think that it’s “our life”, but do we ask ourselves what effect does our addiction have on our spouses, children, parents, friends, workmates or even society as a whole? And one more thing, the money we use to buy the substances we abuse? Can’t it be used to buy something else?

  • “I have to use in order to be social”

When we have been addicted to a drug, we tend to ‘cheat’ ourselves that we are ‘not normal’ until we take it. When in social gatherings, we feel that we need to take the drug to be lively and have good time. However, if we picture the patterns of addiction we will see that they actually isolate us instead of making us to be social. Still, our behavior when under the influence of a drug is not socially attractive.

We may as well feel that, “All my friends do drugs and drink alcohol. What am I going to do after addiction treatment?” Though this could be a difficult excuse to address as people may have genuine feelings of companionship with their partners in addiction, therapists at Hope Trust emphasize that recovery means discovering new games to play, new playgrounds and new game mates.


  • “I’ve got this under control” 


Every other thing else is ‘normal’. This is the thinking and the excuse we give to ourselves to avoid treatment. Though it could ring in our minds that we are not, we won’t admit it as we would be letting go of the control we are trying to hold onto.


  • “I can’t afford it” 


Some treatment programs are expensive but yes, are there other options? Although this provides a seemingly reasonable excuse not to go for treatment, we should not despair. There are other options available – including outpatient treatment and non-profit agencies – where we can get treatment.


  • “I’m better off than him” 


I am not like him. I still have my family, my job, I am myself. These are excuses we use to avoid treatment. We compare our addiction to that of other people and see ourselves better. We must know that if we do not get treatment we will end up in the situation of those we are comparing ourselves to.

It is very important to realize that all these excuses won’t help us. We must get treatment .we need also to know that we are not only doing ourselves injustice but also our loved ones and the society at large. Those caring for addicts should as well avoid enabling behaviors2 in order to ensure that they get treatment.