Lies That Addicts Tell Themselves

Lies Addicts Tell Themselves

Addicts are very adept at lying to themselves. After all, it is hard to accept that you have a chronic, relapsing and progressive disease. It is hard to accept that you need help. It is hard to accept that you probably will never be able to drink or use drugs ever again. Here are the top lies that addicts tell themselves:

1. I am not an addict: Even with all the proof in the world, an addict can tell themselves that they are not an addict. The truth is hard to swallow. Even when addicts are in recovery, there comes a point where they start wondering if they are really an addict. They start to think maybe they CAN do drugs recreationally. After all, they’ve quit for this long. What could it hurt?

2. I will only use on the weekend or I will quit tomorrow: This is one of the biggest lies that addicts tell themselves in active addiction. Sometimes, they may even be able to put down the drugs for a little while. Inevitably, however, they always end up right back in the same place.

3. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are cults:One of the lies that addicts tell themselves is that AA and NA are not going to work for them because they are cult-like, too religious, or whatever else. They tell themselves that members are nothing more than brainwashed cult members who have become “addicted” to meetings instead of drugs. They may say “They’ve simply traded one addiction for another!” This gives them a way to dismiss the program without ever really trying it.

4 I can probably still drink/smoke pot: This is one of the most common lies addicts tell themselves. No one likes to hear that they will have to stay abstinent forever, so addicts will often convince themselves that they can drink or do other drugs as long as they stay away from their drug of choice. They may say “But I never had a problem with alcohol!” Inevitably, this almost always ends up one of two ways: Alcohol or pot stops doing the trick and they go back to their drug of choice, or they end up getting physically addicted to the new substance.

5. I need this! I have pain! : With the advent of doctors becoming more and more liberal about prescribing pain medication for minor conditions, many addicts are able to convince themselves that they NEED the drugs. This can be one of the most dangerous lies that addicts tell themselves, because it gives them an excuse to keep using. They say “I have a medical condition, and a doctor GAVE ME THESE PILLS.” Very rarely is the addict taking the medication as prescribed. Often, too, it is very difficult to assess the true level of pain when you are physically dependent on pain medication. Your body adapts to the meds and stops producing natural pain killing chemicals, so when you stop or cut down, you feel much more pain than you would if you had never taken them.

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