Why People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction Recovery

Why People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction Recovery

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Why People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction Recovery

Why People Don’t Seek Help for Addiction Recovery: Overcoming Ambivalence & Saying Yes to Recovery by Patrick Meninga

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Contents:

  • The Top 10 Excuses That Addicts and Alcoholics Use to Justify Their Addiction and Why it is All BS  1
  • Excuse #1: “I have to drink/use drugs in order to work or continue to be successful.”. 1
  • Excuse #2: “I need to drink/use drugs in order to be social.”. 1
  • Excuse #3: “I’m not hurting anyone else.”. 2
  • Excuse #4: “Everybody else drinks/uses drugs, so why shouldn’t I?”. 3
  • Excuse #5: “If you had my problems then you would drink or use drugs too.”. 3
  • Excuse #6: “I’m not really addicted, and can stop any time I want.”. 4
  • Excuse #7: “I work hard and I deserve to indulge in this.”. 5
  • Excuse #8: “I suffer from XYZ and need this to help medicate me.”. 5
  • Excuse #9: “I need to drink/use drugs in order to be creative.”. 6
  • Excuse #10: “I don’t drink/use as much as THAT guy. Now he has a problem.”. 7
  • I Am Quitting Drugs and Alcohol For Good This Time-10 Ways to Tell When an Addict or Alcoholic is Full of Crap  9
  • They back out of commitments to get help as soon as they start to feel better physically. 11
  • They are still drunk or high on drugs when they tell you they are stopping for good. 12
  • They say they are done for good, but they are not willing to follow any of your suggestions in regards to getting some help for their problem. 13
  • They tell you they are done drinking and using drugs forever but they are not willing to let go of toxic relationships that are no good for them. 14
  • They say they are quitting drugs and alcohol forever but they say they cannot give up their questionable job or career that puts them at high risk for relapse. 16
  • They say they want to stop using but they continue to struggle for control in every situation, rather than letting go and surrendering. 17
  • They say that they know they need to stop drinking or using drugs, but deep down they know that they don’t want to. 18
  • They say that they will quit for good if and when X happens. 19
  • They say that they are going to stop using X but continue to use Y. 20
  • They continue to argue that getting real help (such as drug rehab, counseling, AA meetings, etc.) actually makes them want to drink more. 22
  • So what can you do if they are not ready to stop using or drinking?. 23
  • Finding the Motivation to Get Clean and Sober 25
  • Positive inspiration for change. 25
  • Digging into the past 26
  • Surrender: the gift of desperation. 27
  • Convincing Yourself to Go to Rehab-Overcoming 12 Common Excuses for Not Seeking Addiction Help  30
  • Excuse #1: “People need me in the outside world. If I go to rehab I will be missed.”. 31
  • Excuse #2: “I have anxiety and cannot deal with groups. They will force me to speak in front of groups.”  31
  • Excuse #3: “I have been to treatment before. It does not work for me.”. 32
  • Excuse #4: “I am different from other addicts. I truly love drugs.”. 34
  • Excuse #5: “I use drugs to expand my consciousness. They enhance me spiritually.”. 35
  • Excuse #6: “I am happier when I am using drugs.”. 36
  • Excuse #7: “I am more creative when I use drugs. Without them, I am uninspired.”. 38
  • Excuse #8: “I won’t have any friends if I get clean and sober.”. 39
  • Excuse #9: “I won’t be able to work if I quit drugs.”. 40
  • Excuse #10: “I deserve to use drugs. That is how I reward myself. I work hard and deserve it.”. 42
  • Excuse #11: “I depend on drugs for a medical condition. It is a medical necessity for me.”. 43
  • Excuse #12: “I don’t need rehab, because I could actually stop if I really wanted to. I just don’t want to.”  45
  • About the Author 48
  • Get Help for Addiction Now.. 49
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