3 Common Excuses Not to Go To Rehab

Making the life-changing choice to enter a professional drug rehab program is far from easy for most people. Like any major life change, there may be many perceived barriers to rehab that can create numerous excuses to stay deeply entrenched in the disease.

Only ten percent of individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder in the United States actually seek the treatment they need. The easier route is never the best route when deciding to conquer the disease of substance misuse. The best way to overcome excuses is to be aware of the most common ones and be well-versed in counter-arguments to those excuses. Here are three of the most common excuses not to enter drug rehab and how to overcome these objections:

  1. “I Don’t Need Help”/Denial: Denial is one of the most powerful and detrimental attributes of a substance use disorder. Those battling addiction may often find themselves self-deluded by denial and unable to look at their behavior rationally. Some sources suggest that being in a state of denial allows someone struggling with substance misuse to be unaware of the full negative consequences of their behavior, thus allowing the addiction to continue without a desire to change. A person deep in the disease of addiction may often compare their behavior with that of others, saying that they are “not that bad” and “have it under control”. Blame and defensive mechanisms are common when denying the true severity of a substance use disorder to distract from the true issue at hand. Ultimately, all these denial behaviors break down to be varying degrees of self-deception. 
    • Counter-Argument: Since denial is self-deception, the way to overcome this objection to entering professional drug rehab is to create and promote self-awareness. By having someone with a substance use disorder “take a look in the mirror” and become fully aware of the harmful impacts that the addiction has caused to themselves and those closest to them, the natural consequences to the negative behaviors can begin to take hold. Guilt, shame, sadness, anger, and helplessness are all emotions that are felt when denial is lost and reality sets in. It is then possible to see the amazing benefits of a drug rehab program and want to change the course of an addicted life.
  2. “I Don’t Want Help”/Defiance: Sometimes, a substance use disorder comes from a need to rebel. This could be from an innate need to control something in life or a fierce desire to go against imposed standards from family or social groups. It could even be that the individual simply loves the freedom from a normal life that the substance provides to them and refuses to give that feeling up. This defiance can fuel substance misuse to uncontrollable proportions. While a person might not be in denial about their problem, the “I don’t care” attitude can overcome any self-awareness of the negative consequences of addiction. Young man being defiant
    • Counter-Argument: Defiant behavior is selfish at its core; there is no consideration and understanding of how the actions affect others that are meaningful in the person’s life. By helping a person battling substance misuse see how the addiction affects more than just their own life in hurtful ways, a true change can begin to occur and the benefits of an expert drug rehab program can begin to be understood.
  3. “I Don’t Deserve Help”/Dishonor: On the other end of the spectrum of denial and defiance is dishonor, or shame for all of the harm caused by the substance use disorder. Extreme shame and a sense of social stigma can cause a person to feel so down on themselves that they do not feel worthy of receiving help. They can be caught up in this vicious cycle of how terrible they feel for the harm the addiction caused and self-medicating through substance misuse to ease their pain. A person can start to label themselves as a “lost cause” and slip away from any chance of seeking help. Woman covering her eyes
    • Counter-Argument: Every person deserves help. No matter how severe the substance use disorder or how terrible the addiction has made someone act, help is always an option. Do not ever give in to the disease of addiction because of shame. We always have a right to make a positive change in life, and Colorado addiction treatment resources are available to do just that. If you or any of your loved ones are battling a substance use disorder,  contact us today to discuss your options.