Have you recently noticed a major difference in behavior from your loved one? Are you wondering whether their change could be related to alcohol or drug addiction? Before you confront them, you may want to consider that many people who are struggling with an addiction often use excuses to hide their alcohol or substance abuse issues. If you have a strong feeling that your loved one needs help overcoming addiction, don’t just take their word for it, if they disagree. Here are 5 common excuses addicts use to justify their addictions.

1. “I Can Stop At Any Time”  

When first developing an addiction, many substance or alcohol abusers may respond with a statement that is the exact opposite of the truth. Over time, addicts become masters at denying their abuse of drugs or alcohol.  Some addicts use their denial as a coping mechanism. Often, when denial is used to cope, addicts are afraid to face that substance or alcohol abuse is taking over their lives. Although saying that they can stop at any time may make the addict feel better and protect their ego,  the truth is they need some help in order to overcome their addiction.

2. “I Have To Use It For Pain”

In hopes that saying a drug is a legitimate medication will stop a confrontation, several addicts tell this lie so that others would be more accepting and not as concerned about their substance abuse issues.  Although the excuse sounds believable, there may be some important details that the addict is not telling. For instance, the drugs that they are taking could have been purchased illegally. Or if the drug was prescribed, the addict may be using it more often than prescribed.  Many people are often deceived by this excuse because they believe that the addict is only using pills for pain.

3. “I Only Use Socially On The Weekends”

Drinking alcohol, socially, is not a problem. In many circles, smoking marijuana socially has also become accepted. Many addicts will use this as an excuse to cover up their addiction. The addict tries to get the focus taken off of them by saying that it is a normal thing. Since social drinking or smoking, the addict says it in hopes that their abuse will be accepted. If your loved one has used this excuse but it seems untrue, try visiting them on a weekday to find out if they are under the influence of the drug or alcohol during that time.  If they are still showing signs that points towards addiction, speak with a counselor or expert who will offer you advice on how to confront them about this addiction.

4.“I’m Just Going Through A Tough Time Right Now”

Your loved one may have lost a job or just separated from their significant other and they want you to feel pity for them. Many addicts will use challenges that they are facing to drink excessively or abuse drugs. Although most people would want to empathize with them because they are facing tough issues, in the long run, abusing drugs or alcohol will make their problems even worse. When addicts give this excuse, they try to get others to believe that this “new behavior” will soon stop.

5.  “I Have To Drink Or Use Drugs To Be Successful”

Many successful people have battled with addiction, but it always ends in the same result, a downward spiral. Your loved one could be very successful at the moment and trying convince you to accept their addiction because of their accomplishments. But temporary success is not worth your loved one’s life. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Countless successful celebrities and public figures have died because they did not overcome their addiction.

Don’t let any excuse stop you from intervening and getting your loved one the help that they need.



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