It’s that time of year again. The holidays are a time that people tend to use either in excess or more frequently to either celebrate or escape. I’ve heard time and time again from folks in recovery that they wanted to wait for the holidays, a wedding, a birthday or other meaningful event to pass before entering treatment to get clean and sober. Unfortunately in many cases, during this time they proceed to make a fool of themselves in front of family, ruin a wedding or potentially overdose in their disease. Was putting off seeking help really worth their health, life and the respect of themselves? No way!
Looking back, in hindsight, the following are other common excuses that are shared by many recovery for putting off seeking treatment. Which one(s) do you relate to?
Pay for treatment?! I’ve spent all of my money on drugs or alcohol and have nothing left. I don’t have the money to spend right now. I don’t even have insurance. How can I afford this?
Financially, treatment can be expensive. The good news is that almost all treatment centers will work with you on payment plans or sliding scale costs. Also, there are scholarships in place set forth by the government or treatment centers themselves that can sometimes fund an entire stay in treatment. Make sure to ask about if they have any financial assistance options. Treatment is possible without insurance.
I’m Embarrassed and Scared
What are my friends and family going to think? What will my job or coworkers think? Am I going to lose all of these people because of my addiction? What if I fail? People are no longer going to like me
It’s completely understandable to be embarrassing and scared. Nobody likes to admit they need help – or ask for it! It’s hard.
Everybody else uses as much as I do
I drink just as much as my friends do, if not less. Most people my age use just as frequently as I do. None of them have a problem.
If you find yourself comparing your use to others, stop now. You never know another’s situation or struggles. They may be struggling secretly just as you are. They also may be able to handle their use recreationally differently that you can. Addiction is genetically inherited. Though you may want to be like your peers, if you are reading this article…chances are that you aren’t.
I can change (This is deadly)
I’m not as bad off as other addicts. I can still fix my addiction. I haven’t hit a low enough bottom yet. I may have a problem but I don’t need to fix it now. I work, I pay my bills. I’ll wait to see if I can change. I’m not ready to get help yet.
Unfortunately, this is not only the most common excuse – but also the deadliest. Because overdose comes with zero warning, even a person who has not damaged their health with addiction can die from this disease with just one hit. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more frequently you are playing Russian roulette with your life.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, know that you are not alone. There is no excuse worth your life. Please contact us today to confidentially find out what your options are and begin battling the disease of addiction today!