Author: David Beeshaw
David Beeshaw is a health blogger who dedicated his time and efforts to help people dealing with HIV and STIs. A part of the team at raTrust, David often writes about psychological problems and stigma those at risk of STIs face and deal with.
Drug addicts often don’t want to admit that they have a problem. Until they do that, they cannot enter treatment or successfully overcome their addiction.
In most cases, addicts' denial is covered by a multitude of excuses, which you will need to destroy if you want to get through to them. Here are some of the most popular excuses you will hear from drug addicts in denial, together with some ideas on how to overcome them.
1. I’m only hurting myself
This is a form of self-sabotage, and it’s also a lie. Addicts will say that their behaviour only affects themselves, and if you are a member of their family or a loved one, you will know it’s not true. Addicts can hurt everyone that cares about them, and if their behaviour descends to the level of crime, they will be hurting others too. Explain how much you have been hurt by their actions so far to counter this excuse.
2. I can quit any time
This is such a common excuse that it has become a punchline. Make a challenge: if that’s true, ask them to quit for just one week to prove it. Their failure to do so will be something you can use next time they say this – and if they succeed, then they may end up going clean long-term.
3. I’m under a lot of stress
Addictive behaviour can often be triggered, or worsened, by traumatic or stressful events. However, due to the nature of addiction, it’s not likely that things will ever get better while they are using. Explain to them that there are other, healthier ways to deal with stress, and that you are willing to try those methods out with them.
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