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Why Do People Decide to Quit Using Drugs?

Escaping addiction typically requires making the decision to escape. That’s tricky because addiction tricks you into thinking you don’t have a problem. Addiction protects itself using various forms of denial and rationalization. When someone is able to accept she has an addiction and it’s a problem, she still may not feel she can do anything about it. To put this problem in perspective, studies show only about 10 percent of people who need help for addiction actually seek it. Why do some people finally decide to get help?


Some people just don’t have any choice in the matter. They get convicted of some drug-related charge and are ordered to rehab. Often, they have to detox in jail, which isn’t pleasant. Even if an addiction doesn’t lead to prison time and court-ordered rehab, a run in with the law can be a clear signal that drug or alcohol use has gotten way out of control.


Often, someone struggling with addiction is the last person to realize she has a problem. Her family can see much more clearly what’s going on because her behavior affects them. It makes sense then, that the people who care about her would want to impress upon her the urgency of her situation and convince her to get treatment. This is no easy task because an addict usually has large repertoire of excuses and deflections. A successful intervention requires the people she’s closest to confronting her with facts about the damage her addiction has caused.

Health problems.

A common feature of addiction is that someone will not quit using even when it is clearly damaging his health. Sometimes, though, if a problem is serious enough, it can shake an addict out of complacency. A near fatal overdose, a heart attack, a diagnosis of liver disease may be definitive proof that the addiction exists and that it is a problem.

Family strain.

People often take addiction seriously when it damages something they really care about, and for many people, that means family. Getting your kids taken away or having a partner walk out signals a serious problem that requires treatment.

Problems at work.

We spend about a third or more of our lives working and for many people, their jobs are part of their identity. Most importantly, you need money to survive. If your job is in danger because of your drinking or drug use, you are bound to take notice. This is especially true if your boss confronts you about your addiction. Most people reassure themselves that even if they drink too much or do drugs, it doesn’t affect their work, or they are at least able to keep it secret. When this illusion is dispelled, it’s clearly time to get help.

It usually takes a lot of convincing for an addict to get treatment, or to even admit she needs treatment. It probably won’t happen the first time any of the above problems first appear. Usually, it’s a combination of things that happen so frequently that someone feels she can’t possibly go on like this. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.