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Denying an Addiction Hurts in the Long Run

Denying an Addiction - the Bergand Group

The tendency for a lot of people, when facing unpleasant thoughts and emotions, is to withdraw. To shove them deep down and employ avoidant behavior so as to ‘deal’ with them another day. However, trying to ignore these issues often leads to a much worse situation down the road as they all come bursting forth, sometimes very painfully.

The Danger of Burying Emotions and Denying an Addiction

This does not only apply to emotions, but also to issues of addiction and substance abuse. Denying an addiction, according to research, can mean that you are “less likely to stay on track with treatment for dependence.” It makes sense, since not wanting to deal with unpleasant feelings would make it all the more difficult to accept that you both have a problem and badly need help.

It isn’t true, though, that professionals don’t know how to aid those who have a problem and deny it. However, this obviously makes it more difficult for everyone, considering the patient may lash out as a result of what they might view as accusations, and the addiction specialist may have difficulty finding the right treatment for their situation if they are loathe to talk about it. Family and friends may be hut and confused, and little progress is made in these stages.

In all people, there is “an intertwining theme is the utter humanness of wanting to evade deep unhappiness, anguish, or heartache (to name a few emotions), and to reach for a remedy to take those feelings away.” For many, this means denying that those negative feelings exist in the first place. Oftentimes, that means covering them up with drugs and alcohol in order to try and find that desired ‘remedy.’ Unfortunately, this is nothing more than a short-term ‘solution,’ one with effects that not only fade, but actively endanger, over time.

People abuse these substances for different reasons, but the common thread is denying an addiction. If they were to admit that they had a problem, then those people would have to embrace, however painfully, all the associated, difficult truths. For some, their lives include some kind of other trauma that they are looking to mask with substances, such as PTSD or some kind of abuse. In those cases, suffering form the consequences that come with drug or alcohol abuse seem more appealing than facing (while sober) the reality of their situation. This is sad, but a common truth in our world today.

“Regardless of what ground substance addiction springs from, what makes it especially cruel is that it gives with one hand in the beginning and takes with both hands later.” Whatever that a person is struggling with that might lead them toward substance use will eventually, one way or another, be worsened by those same substances. Denying an addiction might ‘work’ for them for some time, but not forever. It isn’t easy to own up to this kind of situation and to seek out help, but it’s necessary in order to find healing and to be able to recover.

If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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