There are a plethora of excuses an addict or alcoholic will use to defend their drinking and justify it to people who are concerned for their safety. For the family, knowing and recognizing these excuses is essential when you are concerned about a loved one’s abuse and may not realize the extent of it yet. Below are a list of excuses I have used personally and heard from a lot of my fellow alcoholics and explain personally why they are inaccurate and unjustified.
After working within the recovery field for over a decade, and an addict myself, I have spent countless hours with concerned parents. Rightfully so, alcohol and drug addiction is a devastating disease. No parent is excited to address their child’s addiction and some aren’t ready to either.
One of the most powerful principles of recovery is sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other. I am always inspired when I hear another person’s story – while their may be cosmetic differences, I always identify with the feelings, struggles and triumphs of others.