Whether you are addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, junk food, or anything else, an addiction is still and addiction, and if left unaddressed, it can potentially destroy you and those that you care about. Watching somebody that you care about struggle with an addiction is truly awful, but there are many positives to focus on, including the fact that there are countless former addicts out there, previously addicted to all kinds of things, that have completely turned their lives around and overcome their addictions. Many times, when overcoming an addiction, various forms of treatment may be required, yet addicts often choose not to undergo it for a number of reasons. Here’s a look at four common reasons why addicts fail to get treatment that may be required.
They think they don’t need it
Denial plays a huge, huge factor in addiction, and one of the most common reasons why addicts fail to get treatment that they need is simply down to the fact that they convince themselves they don’t need it. They somehow believe that they are different to the hundreds of thousands, if not more, of people struggling with addiction just like them, and tell themselves that they can quit whenever they want. They take the mentality that they’ll quit ‘tomorrow’ whenever tomorrow may be.
They think it makes them weak
Addicts will often see recovering addicts in rehab, or getting counselling, and various other types of treatment, and will see them as weak, rather than the strong individuals they actually are. They may tell themselves that they’re ‘not weak like those others’ and are worried that seeking help will be a sign of weakness. This is almost like a form of stubbornness, in which they metaphorically cut off their nose to spite their face.
They convince themselves they can’t miss time off from work
When many people picture addicts, they imagine them in rundown crack dens and living on the streets, barely functioning other than to feed their addictions. In reality, many addicts have jobs and fairly normal lives, and they either use substances/indulge their vices in their free time, or they carefully disguise the fact that they’re using at all. For addicts that work, a common excuse they will use to convince themselves they don’t need treatment is that they ‘can’t afford to take time off of work’. Ironically, by working whilst using, they risk losing their job anyways, and deep down they know this, the job is just a handy excuse.
They do not want to quit
As mentioned, whether it is gambling, substance abuse, or anything else, the sad reality is that some addicts out there just do not want to quit and so they purposely avoid getting treatment because they just do not want to stop doing what it is that they are doing. In time they may, and probably will, decide they do want to quit, but in the there and now, they may be perfectly happy doing what they are doing.