Among alcoholics, specifically those that are still abusing alcohol, there is a constant stream of excuses. Before I admitted I was an alcoholic, I came up with one or more reasons to justify my behavior. I would justify my actions always and explain why they were appropriate. It was never drinking or myself that created my problems; instead, there was always something, or maybe someone who was to blame. As my sobriety has progressed, I’ve come to understand that I’m not alone. There is a constant stream of excuses among abusers, particularly individuals who are still using alcohol. It’s terrifying and vulnerable at the same time to have no explanations for your behavior. As a result, I feel we are frantically searching for a reason for our behavior rather than the risk it exposes us to. The following are the most common justifications provided by alcoholics.

Treatment is too expensive

Paying for addiction therapy cost is similar to paying other medical deductibles. It’s reasonable to expect that medical care will be prohibitively expensive for those without health insurance. When it comes to buying alcohol and drugs, the addict will use both their own and the cash of their loved ones. That therapy is too expensive means that spending the money on recovery is not as vital as spending money on substances like alcohol and leading a terrible lifestyle. The addict almost always tries to divert the subject when in an intervention by alleging that the treatment facility or interventionist is only concerned with generating money. Drug or alcohol business owners aren’t the same? The addict has no problem spending all their money on themselves if it goes to rehabilitation programs and specialists that help with addiction. Its just an excuse.

Everyone is abusing

Alcoholics often fail to grasp that this is usually due to the individuals they choose to hang out with. In reality, just a small percentage of people used drugs or drink. Alcoholics are more prone to hang out with other alcoholics, which gives the impression that they are alone.

I can quit drinking if I want to

Often, I would tell myself a version of this narrative in my head.  I kept lying to myself that I had complete control over my behavior and that I could quit at any time — but I never did. This is, I believe, a standard view among alcoholics. It’s common for us to think that we have total control over our behaviors and choose to abuse and drink even if we want to.

I am only harming myself

Alcoholic behavior affects and harms friends or family members, whether physically or psychologically, even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time. It’s hard to tell who you’re hurting while you’re drunk since people’s reactions are unpredictable.

Skyward is A Top-Notch Rehab in Houston

We at Skyward Treatment Center take a systematic approach to the whole family. Most interventionists just present simple facts and try to encourage your loved one to seek therapy. We go to the root of how and why the family is hindering change. Most families don’t realize how futile their efforts are. For us, it is not our goal to make you feel horrible about yourself or remorseful for the circumstances that brought you here. We are here to make you understand why and how successful transformation leads to beneficial outcomes.