Amy Winehouse’s famous song Rehab brought the ongoing struggle of convincing a loved one to go to rehab into the public light. Her reasons for not wanting to go included not having the time, hurting her pride and believing her drinking and drug issues would cease once her life problems let up.
It can be heart-wrenching to see a loved one struggle through his daily life and continue to hurt himself and others. Trying to convince someone to go to rehab can be challenging and frustrating. Let’s examine a few common excuses people give when avoiding rehab.
‘I Can Beat This on My Own.’
This excuse is similar to ‘I can stop when I want to’ or, ‘my problem is just temporary.’ Successfully overcoming an alcohol or drug addiction requires a supportive circle of people. This can include sober friends, family, doctors, therapists and counselors. Surrounding your loved one with a support network holds this person accountable to more than just himself and will increase the chances of recovery.
The truth is that others have noticed this person’s behavior and lifestyle take a turn for the worst by hurting themselves and possibly others. If this person was truly able to beat addiction on his own, wouldn’t he have done so already? A drug or alcohol addict is powerless without help.
‘I Feel Happiest and I am Most Productive When Using Drugs/Alcohol.’
Unfortunately, popular culture often glamorizes drug or alcohol use when it comes to productivity and creativity. Many famous artists, musicians and actors use drugs and alcohol to ‘enhance’ their creative juices with often devastating results.
Alcohol and drugs provide only a temporary high. Once the effects are over, users feel worse than before and often become consumed by thoughts of where the next high will come from. An addict will only remember the good times and forget about the down times.
‘Rehab Won’t Work for Me.’
Perhaps they know a friend who went to rehab and relapsed. Or maybe they have already gone to rehab themselves. Many addiction specialists state that having a relapse is not a failure, but rather a part of the recovery process. The truth is that some recovering alcoholics and drug addicts relapse even after rehab, but the key to long-term recovery is persistence.
Change happens, but it happens slowly. The ability to persevere, stay positive and focused are the keys to long-term sobriety. Ensuring a loved one surrounds himself at home with sober people who are supportive of his efforts to stay clean is essential.
‘I Am Too Shy or Embarrassed to Go.’
Many people associate going to rehab with having to make public announcements of their problems to a room full of strangers. In reality, group therapy sessions are kept small and nobody is forced to speak until they feel comfortable. Group therapy sessions are non-judgmental and are successful in providing a sense of belonging.
Beachway Therapy Center is a family-owned clinic that provides family and lifetime support. Call us at 877-284-0353 for more information.