One – “I need drugs to be happy/successful/creative.”
People often start using drugs in pursuit of mind-altering and consciousness-expanding experiences. Sometimes they are looking for a performance boost at work or in school, and other times they are in search of a way to relax or to relieve their stress. In the beginning, the drugs may work for these purposes. Very quickly, however, the person will typically become addicted. At this point, the excuse of needing the drugs to feel a certain way becomes very true. Maybe you have reached the stage where you can no longer feel like yourself or perform in life without using drugs, but this is no reason to avoid rehab. Recovered addicts almost always report that once they have freed themselves of the grips of addiction, they are far more capable of enjoying life, of being creative and of doing well at work and in their relationships.
Two – “I’m not addicted. I enjoy using drugs and will quit when I’m ready.”
This excuse is one that addicts will not only tell to those around them, but also to themselves. Nobody wants to be thought of as an addict, because it means that there is an area of life which has gotten out of one’s control. If you are truly not addicted, prove it to yourself by spending a month without using drugs. If that is too much, try a week. Can you even go a full day without using drugs? If you can, maybe you are not addicted. If, however, you try to take a break and find yourself compelled to get high, you are addicted and it is time to admit that fact to yourself and others. There may be countless “reasons” why you need or deserve to use drugs, but if you are unable to stop, you are an addict.
Three – “I’ve tried quitting before and I can’t.”
Don’t let past failures prevent you from achieving future success. You absolutely can quit using drugs, and in all likelihood the reason that you were not successful when you tried to do so in the past has to do with the method which you attempted. Quitting cold turkey, for example, is not the best approach for everyone. Maybe you even went to rehab before and did not make it, or relapsed after a brief period of sobriety. There are solutions to quitting drugs, and you owe it to yourself to find the right answer and the right type of rehab program for you.
Four – “I can’t let people down by taking the time off.”
Maybe you have a large number of obligations in your day-to-day life and feel that if you were to check into rehab you would be leaving your life to fall apart in your absence. Certainly, you will have to take time off from work. You will not have time to visit with your friends. If you have a family, you will have to make arrangements for their care while you are gone. Don’t think, however, that this is a bad thing. By taking the time now to get clean and sober, you will be improving yourself and making yourself more capable of performing in life. Once you are drug free, you will be able to get more done at work. You will be a more reliable and supportive friend. Your loved ones will be able to count on you and most importantly, they will have you back in their lives, rather than having to watch while they gradually lose you to addiction. Rehab may require that you put everything else on the shelf for a time, but it is entirely worth doing so.
Five – “Rehab is too expensive.”
Rehab certainly can be expensive. Not only do you have to pay the program fee, but you also have to take account of the fact that you will not be working and earning an income during the time when you are participating in the program. Perhaps you have lost your job and the thought of paying for rehab seems unrealistic. Maybe your insurance will not cover the full costs, or perhaps you do not even have insurance. Consider, on the other hand, how much it is costing you not to go to rehab. To begin with, have you ever sat down and added up the amount of money that you spend every year on drugs? In addition to this figure, figure out how much money you may be losing as a result of missed days at work, poor job performance and being denied a promotion or raise. Beyond the purely economic costs of drug addiction, how much would it be worth to you to get your life back under control, to feel like yourself again, and to be able to look forward to a bright and promising future? Can you afford not to go to drug rehab?