Most people will not readily admit that they are addicted to opiates, especially if doctors prescribe them for pain. Most people will shirk off questions about their drug use by offering a number of excuses for why they use opiates and don’t need to stop. While some of these may seem like valid reasons, they are excuses that help addicts continue unhealthy behavior.
Excuses people make when addicted to opiates include:
- “The doctor prescribed them, so I must really need them.” This a classic excuse offered by people who have been offered opiate-based medication to deal with a legitimate medical problem. This is especially true for people who become injured on the job or in an accident. However, taking more than the doctor prescribed or taking it more often that prescribed means that you have moved from need to addiction.
- “I’m not hurting anyone but myself.” From an opiate addict’s perspective, his addiction only affects him. However, this excuse does not hold because an addict’s behavior affects everyone around him. An addict either does not want to admit this or cannot yet face this truth, so he will hide behind this excuse.
- “I can stop any time.” Opiate addicts who use this excuse genuinely believe that they control their drug usage and therefore can refrain at any time. He does not realize that addiction is actually controlling him. Unfortunately, people who use this excuse seldom make up their minds to stop.
- “It will never happen again.” This excuse usually surfaces after a painful or embarrassing episode that is caused by a person’s addiction. An opiate addict may tearfully promise again and again that the painful behavior will never, ever happen again, and he’ll never, ever repeat the painful or embarrassing behavior. He may even chastise and punish himself as a demonstration of remorse. Addiction is a powerful disease that can easily override the addict’s present guilt once cravings and withdrawal symptoms present.
- “I use opiates to get some relief.” This excuse is often offered by people who are in difficult circumstances, such as a stressful situation at work or a chronic disease in the family. The opiate addict believes that the drug is the only way he can find relief and comfort from this difficult chapter in his life. This is not true. Lots of other people face and overcome extreme obstacles and difficulties without opiates or other drugs.
- “At least I’m not as bad as ____________.” This excuse is often used to divert attention away from the addict and onto someone with worse symptoms. An opiate addict will say something like, “at least I’ve never been divorced” or “at least I’ve never wrecked my car.” The addict doesn’t admit that those situations could happen if his addiction isn’t addressed.
These are just a few of the excuses opiate addicts use to remain comfortable in their drug abuse. It is important not to accept these excuses as justification for their actions.
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