Going to Rehab – Common Excuses You’ll Have for avoiding it and preventing them
When you think about going to rehab, you’re probably thinking of all kinds of excuses why you simply can’t go. You might even be thinking that your decision to take this big step is just a dream, and why won’t something please step in and stop you from going? This is the common thinking of an addict, and when you’re planning on attending addiction treatment, you might find that your way of thinking shifts pretty dramatically when push comes to shove and rehab comes into play.
This is fairly common, but if you can’t see your excuses for what they are, you won’t be able to prevent them and stay strong in your determination.
- It’s really far away, maybe staying home is better. Is there any reason that you can’t go far away for a while? Is there any reason that home is going to be better off with you sticking around? Probably not. By remembering that right now your life is in a shambles, you’ll be able to see the power and reasoning behind heading out.
- I have so much to do. Oh, this one is the most common for those who are going to rehab and trying to talk themselves out of the situation. Really. What do you have going on that is so important in your life that you can’t start living clean and sober? Probably nothing. In fact, if you ever had a great time to head out and do what you need, it would be now.
- I can’t get clean. This one is funny because everyone fancies themselves as something special with an important reason why they can’t do something – like get clean. This comes in variations like, “if I try to get clean I’ll die,” or, “The doctor said that I just shouldn’t even try because my body won’t work.” These are really excuses as to why you don’t want to try to get clean and sober. They are also excuses as to why going to rehab might not be such a good idea after all.
- I can’t do rehab, I’ll just relapse. Well, way to give yourself some credit before you even give it a go. Why not start by saying, I hope it’s not too hard, but I’m going to try and make it work? Or even an honest, “I’m really scared.” You don’t know if you’re going to relapse, and you don’t know what rehab is like, so give it a try and see what happens.
When you’re going to rehab and you know it, it’s usually a time that you start trying to get out of it. Not to worry, this is normal. The key is to see that you’re just making excuses and work to stop this way of thinking so you can get started on your recovery journey.