Denial is Faced By Everyone
Denial is one of the biggest obstacles that can get in the way of a successful recovery. It is when you refuse to admit the truth of your addiction or the reality that is right in front of you. This can be used as a defense mechanism where you can subconsciously reject the reality that you are uncomfortable with. It is important to accept that you have an addiction problem as quick as you can before your substance abuse can destroy your life.
Denial is also used as a coping mechanism to protect your ego as well as coping with the harsh reality. This will make you refuse to acknowledge that you have a problem. You may know that you are not lying when you tell people that you do not have a problem. It can be very strong that you cannot see your substance abuse or even consider that to be the root of why your life is falling apart.
Unfortunately, it is not until things hit rock bottom that you can wake up and realize that you have an addiction. That it will be too hard to ignore the reality of the consequences of your actions. It is important to understand that you cannot wait until your addiction hits the bottom because reaching that stage could mean death.
There are many ways to treat denial in order to be on the path to recovery. An addiction therapist can help you come to terms with your problem. It also helps to keep a journal of your drinking habits such as how much alcohol you consume each day and the impact you feel after drinking. Even if you do not feel there is a purpose in this, hearing what other addicts say when you attend a recovery fellowship meeting can make you open your eyes to your own addiction. When you talk to people who have achieved sobriety, they will know the right things to say to you since they have been where you are. Reading educational material on addiction and recovery can also help you recognize the problems you have been experiencing with your own addiction.
Even in recovery, it is possible to still experience denial such as refusing to accept that giving up alcohol or drugs will help you. Remember that when someone offers to help you, let them in before it is too late to do anything about it.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | October 19, 2017