Denying Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects millions of people across the world every year; it doesn’t just end up affecting the people who are battling the addictions, but also their loved ones and families at the same time – especially while the addicted are still in the midst of denying their addictions to themselves and the ones around them.
Denying Drug or Alcohol Addiction to Yourself and Your Loved Ones: Why?
Denying addiction is common: People often say that they are not addicted to drugs or alcohol, that they would know when they are addicted (and definitely are not, they insist) or that they can stop any time they want.
All these potential excuses for addiction are forms of denial. As someone who struggles with addiction, if you have ever tried to rationalize what you have done or what you are about to do through drugs or alcohol, the.
Exiting the denial phase is a crucial part of overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. When you can admit that you are addicted to the drug or drink in question (or to the feelings that they trigger), you can admit that it’s become time to change your life for the better.
Here’s why denying alcohol or drug addictions to yourself, family and loved ones are one of the most common problems that all addicts have at some point faced – and what to do in order to pick yourself up and move on.
Denial Allows Addictions to Continue
When you deny that you have a problem with a certain drug, alcohol or routine, this allows the addiction to continue for “just a little while longer” – and this period often turns into months or years worth of denying the same problem just to hang on to the addiction for a longer period of time.
Denial allows for addictions to go on: The longer you deny, the longer you indulge and tell yourself you can do it “just one more time”.
Moving past denial means admitting that you have a drug or alcohol addiction. No more denial often means no more indulgence.
Denial Avoids Social Situations
There are many addicts who started indulging their addictions at first in order to make social situations easier to deal with – and eventually, things get out of hand as they seek out an excuse to find social situations where numbing their feelings and fears with their addictions are the norms.
Denying your addiction means that you are intentionally avoiding certain social situations where your addiction could be pointed out or questioned (and often putting yourself in other social situations where your addictions are either masked or embraced instead).
When you can no longer deny your addiction to drugs or alcohol, the social situations you allow yourself into might have to immediately change; in certain circumstances, you might also be confronted by other situations – such as someone who asks why you stopped drinking or using. Admittance of the addiction is one of the best things an addict could choose to do, it could pave a path toward recovery.
Denial Masks Shame, Guilt and Consequences
It’s common for addicts to reach a point where they start to feel shame and guilt for the things they have done, either in the throes of their addiction or in attempts to sustain it over the years. These are all consequential events that happen as a result of their addiction – even though this is also very often denied at first.
Denial allows many addicts to mask feelings of shame or guilt and the consequences of their addiction for a little while longer, just like it allows their addictions to flourish under this mask. Once denial about drug and alcohol addiction comes to a halt, addicts have to start making amends and making changes in their life.
Denial is an Addiction, Too
Addicts often replace one addiction with another – and nowhere is this more common in manifestations of constant denial. Eventually, denial almost becomes a secondary form of addiction that indulges the first.
It’s common for addicts to be addicted to denying their addictions – and how their addictions have affected people. When denial stops, this secondary addiction is allowed to die off together with the first, paving a clear path for recovery forward. And, only when addiction is wholly accepted can this recovery continue or start: No more denial is the only way to realize how much of a problem the addiction itself is.
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