It’s often said that individuals don’t seek treatment until “hitting rock bottom”. This means they pretty much have no other option due to the multiple negative consequences their lives have already experienced. More often than not, individuals abusing addictive substances don’t think they need treatment.  Before accepting help, they’ll come up with any excuse in the book. This is also known as addiction denial. Identifying common objections for addiction treatment can help to open the eyes of individuals who may need treatment. Seeking treatment before hitting rock bottom can prevent numerous consequences of addiction including losing a job, legal issues, and relationship problems.

“I’m not as bad as _______”

Commonly, individuals won’t think they have a problem with drinking or using other drugs because they haven’t experienced the consequences of addiction like other people they may know. Just because a problem doesn’t compare to another person’s problem; does it mean there is no problem to begin with? Absolutely not! Additionally, just because someone may swimming farther out in their own sea of consequences led on by addiction, it doesn’t mean you won’t someday drown yourself.

“Treatment is too expensive”

Yes, a stay at an addiction treatment facility is quite costly due to medical and psychological expenses, room and board, drug testing, and other costs. But, for now, treatment is still covered through many different insurance providers and plans. Many times, our patients’ stays are completely covered by their insurance plans. Also, even if treatment may cost you out of pocket, you have to consider what is more important; your happiness, health, and life or your money? Weigh your options carefully.

“It’s my life and my body/I’m not hurting anyone but me”

Obviously, the decision to use drugs is all your own. But, contrary to what you may believe, you’re not the only one who is affected by your addiction. Because of impaired judgment caused by most addictive substances, individuals are at a higher risk to say and do things to loved ones that they otherwise would never consider. Additionally, addiction has a way of changing one’s priorities, making using the number one focus. This pushes loved ones to the back burner and can cause distance, distrust, and emotional pain.

“I could quit today; I just don’t want to”

The most common addiction denial ever; the belief that the addict can control his or her own behavior without outside help. The truth is, although willpower can play an effective part in recovery, if it was that easy you would have done it by now. Instead of actively trying to quit, addicts will tell themselves that they are still in control of their substance abuse.

“I work hard so I deserve to have this”

Although it is possible for individuals to have a drink or two at the end of the day without developing an addiction, more often than not, those who are addicted will go beyond their personal daily limits. Feeding an addiction is different than rewarding yourself for your hard work.

“I don’t have a problem”

Addiction denial in it’s truest form is simply denying addiction altogether. Many individuals will just straight up deny that they even experience consequences of their drug use. Until an individual can recognize that their lives are being negatively affected by the vicious cycle of addiction, there is nothing treatment can do to help.

Throw out that Addiction Denial and Decide to Get Help Today!

Are you finally ready to confront and dispose of your addiction denial? Everyone has heard the common saying, “the first step is to admit you have a problem”. Although this may seem cliche, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you admit to your addiction denial, you’ll be able to focus on healing from your addiction and beginning on the path of recovery. It is possible to get effective help, and The Discovery Institute can be that support you need in the days of early recovery. If you would like to learn more about our healing and wellness facility, please visit our website to view descriptions of our services and programs. Wish to speak confidentially with an addiction specialist? Feel free to give us a call at 888-616-7177.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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