For anyone who has a drug addiction the decision to enter a drug rehabilitation program is a positive one, but not one that every drugs user makes enthusiastically. Often it will be their partner, family, or even their doctor who implores them to seek help, and may even give them an ultimatum in that regard.
One of the most common scenarios that transpire when someone who is addicted to drugs has to face up to entering a drug rehab program is they espouse one or more excuses as to why they should not or cannot enter. For every excuse, there will be a reply that debunks or dismisses it, and if that happens, another excuse is likely to be produced.
This back and forth can be extremely frustrating for the loved ones who care about the person addicted to drugs and wants them to seek the help, care and support they need to find ways to stop drinking or recover from that addiction. If any of that sounds familiar, then here are seven of the excuses your loved one may use, along with answers to try to overcome omen them and hopefully make them see the sense of entering drug rehabilitation.
“I’m Not Addicted To Drugs”
This most common excuse is evidence that the person suffering drug addiction is in denial that they are and thus have no need to enter drug rehab. Point out the problems that exist in their life (family, work, finances, health) which prove they have a drug addiction and must seek help.
“Rehab Programs Are Too Expensive”
Yes, treatment does cost money, but the amount has to be compared to the financial cost of them continuing to buy drugs, and the costs, financial and otherwise, that they are wreaking on their family, their health, and their career should their addiction continue. Financial support from family can also eliminate this excuse.
“I’m Needed At Home To Support My Family”
This is often used despite glaring evidence of the negative impact the person’s drug addiction has had on their family life. Their immediate family have to assure them that they will be fine for the relatively short time they will be away for treatment, and eagerly looking forward to happier family life when they continue their recovery at home.
“I Can Quit Drugs Without Entering A Rehab Program”
Invariably this will be said by someone who has tried to stop before and failed. When this is pointed out to them, they may say this time will be different, but you and they know it will not. Highlighting the results from the drug rehab centre under consideration can help as can them speaking to someone who has successfully been through that program.
“I Can’t Take Time Off Work”
Thankfully, modern-day employers have a more enlightened view of drug addiction. Most will be open to one of their employees seeking the help they need to recover from drug addiction as they regard it as a medical condition rather than an excuse to fire someone.
“Entering A Drug Rehab Facility Is Like Going To Prison”
Yes, there are rules and guidelines to be followed but rather than being like prison many residential drug treatment facilities have accommodation that would not look out of place in a 5-star holiday resort, including excellent meals and activities like surfing and yoga.
“Drug Rehabilitation Programs Don’t Work”
There is no denying that some programs do not work for everyone, but the overall recovery rate for those who enter a reputable drug rehab program is high. Whichever drug recovery program is being considered, establish its success rate, and again try to have a previous client who is now drugs-free to provide reassurance as to the program’s merits.