18 May Top 10 Alcoholic Excuses
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.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]1[/su_dropcap]I need to use drugs and alcohol in order to be successful.
Before I got sober, I truly believed that drugs and alcohol were making me work faster, better, and longer. Yet ultimately they lead to my downfall. I have realized that now, being sober for some time, I am much more in-tune with the work I am doing and my career goals are not only reasonable but also attainable.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]2[/su_dropcap]I need to use drugs and alcohol in order to be social.
I thought I suffered from social anxiety, but the reality was I just never gave being social without drugs and alcohol a chance. The truth of the matter is, most people thought I was boring and reluctant to hang out anyway. Ultimately, especially towards the end, I was more of an isolator than anything else.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]3[/su_dropcap]My drinking and drug use isn’t hurting any one else.
If you believe this, you’re too selfish to even see how much your addiction is hurting people. If there is even one person in this world who still cares for you, you are hurting them.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]4[/su_dropcap]Everyone else uses drugs and drinks, why shouldn’t I?
Comparing yourself to other people is the worst form of justification. If you really wanted to drink like most people, you would be able to have just one. But not only can you not do that, you don’t really want to anyway.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]5[/su_dropcap]If you had my problems, you’d be drinking too.
If you use this excuse, then you probably have no idea how much your addiction is exacerbating your so-called problems. Try staying sober for a period of a few months and see how many of them go away, you might be surprised. The reality is many people play the victim merely because it is convenient and an excuse to self medicate.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]6[/su_dropcap]I’m not really addicted; I can stop any time that I want.
This entire phrase screams denial. Really, if you believe this, try stopping. Even after you’ve lost your job and ruined your relationships, are you still using because you want to, or because you can’t stop?
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]7[/su_dropcap]I work very hard and reserve the right to drink and drug.
You say you “reward yourself” with drugs or alcohol, but you remain miserable about 98 percent of the time. How is that a joyful reward?
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]8[/su_dropcap]I suffer from mental problems and I need this.
Do you see a doctor, or are you self-medicating? Just because you have found something that you perceive as working for you doesn’t make it helpful. Even if your addiction started with a legitimate prescription, once it morphs into a true drug addiction, the idea that you are medicating your pain sort of goes out the window.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]9[/su_dropcap]I need drugs and alcohol to fuel my creativity.
The real truth is that every artist or performer will naturally experience this. We think we are brilliant when we figure out the least little thing while we are intoxicated, but then when we sober up and objectively measure the results, we see that we actually perform our best work when we are sober. This is something many creative types have struggled with and learned about. They thought that they could not create without their drug, but they learned otherwise. Stephen King is a great example.
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]10[/su_dropcap]I am not as bad as that guy, he definitely has a problem.
The fact is that every alcoholic and addict will at some point experience the “yets”:
- “I have never wrecked a car from drunk driving.” (yet)
- “I have never been divorced due to my drug use.” (yet)
- “I have never lost a job because of my addiction.” (yet)
And so on. All of these “yets” will eventually come true for the addict or alcoholic, if they continue to use and not get any help for their addiction.
What are some of the other outrageous excuses you have heard?