THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUG ADDICTS AND PLAYING THE “BLAME GAME”
- December 22, 2018
Overall, the “blame game” seems to be an integral part of human society, unfortunately. What is the “blame game,” you might ask? Simply put, it takes place when a people blame others for their problems rather than admitting they themselves are the culprits. Ultimately, it might seem much easier to convince ourselves that someone else made us do something questionable. However, in the case of drug addicts and alcoholics, most often, they are the ones to blame for their condition. While we cannot tell if it is a natural defense mechanism or a shared behavior that was woven into human culture throughout the years (or both), the “blame game” is not the answer to overcoming a substance use disorder. Let’s take a closer look at the severity of this issue among addicts.
Who Do I Blame for My Problem?
Obviously, as part of a feeling of self-denial, people can come up with a huge list of reasons to determine who or what is to blame for their drug addiction, alcoholism, or substance abuse. Ultimately, this rapid-fire decision can be a natural response, a reflex of sorts, to certain stimuli. In a sense, the “blame game” is an act of self-defense. So, why are people so quick to judge and put the blame on everyone but themselves? Here are some factors to consider:
- Embarrassment or shame about harmful actions
- Stubbornness and unwillingness to change harmful behavior
- Failure to perceive their addiction as a mental illness
- Misunderstanding that their problems are caused by addiction
- Bad relationships or other factors caused by relationships
Should Families Be Involved in this Problem?
In an interesting twist, the connection between family and addiction is a sea of testy waters. Although 69.5% of people confirmed they had a history of alcohol or drug problems in their families, only 27.5% admitted they had ever experienced severe problems from a substance use disorder. Likewise, the American Psychological Association (APA) confirms that 50% of people with a genetic history of addiction are at a higher risk for developing the disease. Ultimately, genetics do play a role in this mental illness and (to an extent) the “blame game.”
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Always remember that drugs and alcohol do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction troubles today.