One of the biggest obstacles for getting an alcohol abuser help, is to overcome the denial. An alcoholic has such a strong desire to drink that they will come up with ways to rationalize their drinking behaviors. Being in denial about your alcohol problem will also cause problems in your personal relationships.
Ways that people deny their drinking problem:
- Underestimate how much and how frequently you drink
- Downplay the negative consequences of their drinking
- Complaining that family or friends are exaggerating the problem and it isn’t that bad
- Playing the blame game: blaming your drinking or drinking related problems on others
For example, your drinking can affect your marriage or work performance but instead of being honest with yourself and accepting that, you may blame an ‘unfair boss’ or ‘nagging wife.’ While everyone has problems and no one lives a perfect life, the pattern of blaming others and not taking responsibility for your actions can be a sign of a drinking problem.
If you or someone you know is lying about their drinking habits and refusing to discuss the subject then really consider why they are lying about their drinking habits. These are some tell-tale signs of an alcohol problem and if you or someone close to you is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse then seek help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and toward appropriate care for addictive disorders. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.
About The Bergand Group:
The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.
As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.