10 Lies Addicts Tell Themselves


Addiction makes people do things that they would never dream of in their right state of mind. This, in turn, causes addicts to lie to themselves in order to justify their actions and decisions surrounding the substance.

Here are the top ten lies the addict tells themselves, the hidden truth behind the lie and how to overcome it!

  1. I'm only hurting myself. If you're telling yourself this, not true. Addiction affects everyone close to you.

  2. This is the only thing that fixes my depression and anxiety. If you're using alcohol/drugs to cope with these issues, I can promise you you're only making matters worse, not better!

  3. It's not me, it's you.

  4. I deserve it. I work so hard so I deserve to have a drink, etc.

  5. I'm still a good person at this role even though I use.(Mom, Brother, Dad, Husband, Wife, Aunt..etc)

  6. I've already screwed up, might as well keep it going.

  7. I'm not an addict because I've never done xyz....

  8. I have to want it for myself.

  9. I've already ruined all my relationships.

  10. I would never let it go that far...

These 10 things are all ways of deflecting the responsibility. The question addicts need to ask themselves is, "Is this the kind of person that I want to be?"


Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families Recovery Center

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