5 Reasons Addicts Lie About Drug Use
Toronto is a city that doesn’t make it into the news often, but the major Canadian city gained considerable notoriety over the past few months when reports broke that mayor Rob Ford had been caught using drugs. As scandalous at that news may have been on its own, the situation was made far worse by the fact that Ford initially denied the allegations and attempted to get away by making up a false story. He didn’t get away with it, and recently had to come out and make an admission. Why did he lie? Is confession doesn’t really give us much of an insight into what was going on in his mind: “I didn’t want to tell the truth. That’s the only answer I can give. I’m as straightforward as can be. I’m not a drug addict. I don’t use drugs. Have I in the past? Yes.” So he didn’t want to tell the truth, but why would an addict like Rob Ford, or anyone else for that matter, feel motivated to lie about their drug use.Wanting to Save Face
In Ford’s case, and in the case of most other addicts, it would be reasonable to assume that a large part of the motivation to lie comes from a desire to save face. Once others find out about drug use, they tend to make other judgments about you, so one might try to cover it up to prevent them from changing their mind about one’s character, to preserve a reputation and avoid legal problems.
For an Excuse
Drug use drives people to do desperate things to get the money for the next fix or to support a habit. Once these things are done, it’s necessary to come up with a reason and explanation for one’s actions, and this often requires telling lies that will keep others from suspecting that drugs are behind your actions.
To Hide the Duration of the Problem
Even after you’ve discovered that your family member or friend is an addict, he or she may still lie about how long the situation has been going on. Don’t blindly accept the first answer you receive, since further questioning or investigation may reveal that the addict has been using for a considerable period of time.
To Blame Others
A classic lie of a drug addict is the lie that blames the problem on other people, whether a family member or a friend. You may find yourself targeted with accusations to the effect that you’re to blame for your loved one’s drug use, when in reality you have little or nothing at all to do with the problem. Lying is the addict’s way of shifting the blame and avoiding having to confront the actual cause of the problem.
Because They Are Addicted
The simplest answer to the question of “Why do addicts lie?” is that they are addicts. One of the common definitions of addiction is that it is a condition in which a person continues to feel compelled to use drugs despite the fact that the drugs are ruining his or her life. Simply put, a person who is addicted has an enormously difficult time doing anything but using more drugs. Understanding this makes it easier to help an addicted loved one, since you can recognize that deep down your loved one almost certainly does want to get sober, and the opposition you receive is most likely nothing more than the addiction talking. Be persistent and don’t give up on your determination to help — it may be the last lifeline available to your loved one.