Overcoming an addiction of any kind is never simple, especially when faced with an addiction to alcohol, street drugs or even prescription medications. Understanding addiction is key to helping a friend or a loved one in your life to overcome an addiction they are faced with, whether they require inpatient or outpatient treatment to help them on their journey to sobriety. Understanding why some addicts refuse treatment and do not want the help they desperately need to live healthier and to survive potentially is a way to better empathize with anyone you know who may be faced with a similar struggle or situation.
Denial – The Main Reason Addicts Refuse Treatment
Many users who become severely addicted to using drugs and alcohol are often in denial about their usage or their addictions altogether. Denial can cause an individual to refuse to take the blame for their actions or even to blame others around them when acting irresponsible in any situation. Denial also creates an individual who has become addicted to using drugs and alcohol to refuse to seek help, including rehab programs or local drug rehabilitation meetings. Even when confronted by police, judges or other authority figures, individuals with severe addictions often ignore advice or pleas given to seek help.
Shame and Guilt
Individuals who are addicted to using drugs and alcohol are shrouded with guilt and shame in most situations. Shame and guilt stem from the loss of control in one’s life when struggling with the need to use drugs, alcohol or prescription pills regularly. Additionally, shame and guilt are common among addicts, as addictions are often caused by financial stress or other issues that are emotionally-related.
Admitting that addiction has overtaken one’s life is not always easy. Talking openly, honestly and without judgment is necessary when you want to effectively communicate with a friend or a loved one who has succumbed to an addiction of any kind. Having the ability to speak to an individual who is facing an addiction without harsh judgment is a way for you to unearth various emotional causes that may have led your loved one or friend to become addicted to using alcohol and drugs altogether, which can help when seeking out potential solutions and treatment options.
When an individual becomes severely addicted to using a drug or alcohol on a regular basis, it’s hard to get them to want to change because they just do not want to. Those who are severely addicted to using drugs and alcohol often refuse to get help because they enjoy using, or are too mentally addicted to having the ability to make informed and wise choices regarding their health or their current lifestyle.
Lack of Support
There are also many addicts who refuse to seek help from meetings, counselors or rehab facilities due to a lack of support from friends and family who are aware of their addiction. In many cases, when friends or family try to ignore the problem, they are enabling the addict to continue in denial and the addiction.
Fear of Withdrawals
Most users had experienced withdrawals when their drug of choice wasn’t available. They endure a range of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweats, chills, muscle aches, cramping, hallucinations, insomnia, and many others. These symptoms are what make addicts refuse treatment because all they have to do is take another hit of their favorite substance, and the symptoms go away.
Unaware of Resources
Not knowing about available resources locally, online, or nationally can stop addicts from getting the help they need to get clean and to stop using and abusing alcohol and other substances altogether. Understanding how to find the right rehab centers and treatment facilities can help to aid in the process of finding a program or solution that is right for your friend or family member who is facing an addiction themselves.
Knowing why some addicts refuse treatment can give you more insight into the situation at hand. The more you understand about an addict’s method of thinking and perceiving the world and their addictions and habits, the easier it is to communicate with individuals who are in denial or ashamed of what their addiction has ultimately done to their own lives.