It’s clear that one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome with respect to substance abuse is denying an addiction. If the individual is practicing some level of self-deception, if they’re unable to face the truth of the situation, then recovery will be all the more arduous.
The Dangerous Truth of Denying an Addiction
If you can’t, or won’t, see a problem, then it’s impossible to fix that problem. “The journey of overcoming addiction requires admitting the truth to yourself,” so you may have to learn how to practice more self-honesty… or may have to help a loved one to see that truth.
Denying an addiction often happens because the individual knows, to some degree, that the reality of the situation will be painful. They may have to own up to harm they have done against people that they care about in addition to any damage to their own lives. Whatever the reason, many people struggling with addiction choose to live in this self-deception rather than to allow themselves to fully accept the truth. Unfortunately, no matter how painful these realizations are, they’re absolutely crucial to being able to recover fully from substance abuse.
What is it that people lie about in these scenarios? They tell themselves that they aren’t addicted, typically, for one reason or another. They may say that a certain, high level of drinking isn’t problematic while in college. They may think that, if the rest of their lives are (for now) stable, the drug use is no problem. Most simply, they may just see things as being much more mild, much less devastating, than they are. This is where parents, friends, and even teachers can step in, depending on the situation, to speak with the person and to try and help them find the recovery that they need.
Forcing people into rehabilitation doesn’t often produce good results, though. According to the people who have been able to recover, “they can give you all the tools available, but you really have to want it.” Without a desire to become sober again, without a real realization of how bad things have gotten, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to help these people reach that goal. Others who have struggled through these stages claim the value of having hope, and the importance of leaving behind self-doubt and fear. These people had to reach some level of ‘rock bottom’ and to face a crossroads before they could make the decision to work on turning their lives around. Not everyone is lucky enough to have this epiphany.
Denying an addiction, and denial in general, can be considered part of “human nature.” The phrase “ignorance is bliss” rings true with people in most situations, even without the addictive hold of alcohol and drugs. People prefer to continue the status quo rather than to change, and they avoid confrontation and pain whenever possible. All this makes it hard to admit to an addiction and that you’re in need of help and support, but that honesty is one of the only avenues through which you can reach true recovery.
To get professional help for yourself or for others who need support in overcoming an addiction, 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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