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Struggling with Addiction Hand in Hand with Denial

Struggling with Addiction and Denying an Addiction - The Bergand Group

If a loved one is struggling with addiction, then you may not know how to approach, or interact with, this person. It’s said that there is a inherent dishonesty that can come with an addicted person as they try to navigate their tumultuous life as best they can. Unfortunately, as a result you may not often know what’s the truth, particularly if they are denying an addiction.

Managing Someone Struggling with Addiction

Those who use drugs are typically in stages of denying an addiction, at least in admitting the extent of their use. They may also be unwilling to admit to you, or anyone else, that they are currently high, for example, and will present a myriad of other reasons for their current state or behavior. This is a small example that represents a wider array of issues faced by these patients and their friends and family. They may also not want to say how often they’re using these drugs, and so you might have no idea of the true scope of the problem.

The addict may admit to doing one thing (drinking a lot of beer, perhaps) but the reality might be something else entirely. In that example, the truth could be that they are consuming a handle of vodka, rather than the six pack of beer that they’d ‘admitted’ to. The same under reporting can be done of drug use, too. Though it’s possible they’re telling the truth, it’s more likely that they are using more than they’re willing to tell you about and are therefore denying an addiction. Similarly, if something bad happens because of their use, particularly to others (i.e., a car accident or a fight), then they’re less likely to be straightforward about that, too. It becomes a string of excuses, pointing fingers, and shifting the blame to the other party so that the drug use isn’t involved.

Those struggling with addiction may get involved with unlawful behavior and wind up in jail as a result (after which you may be the one who needs to bail them out). How does this happen? If they aren’t getting funding from another source, for example, then they may need to sell drugs themselves, or steal, or any number of other, illegal activities. The addiction fuels the behavior, and, to them, the risk of not having the substance in their possession is worse than that of getting caught. Of course, the police getting involved doesn’t only mean that the addicted person has to deal with it, since friends and family will have to figure things out to get the user out of jail and keep them from further consequences.

“Unfortunately, there is still a lot of shame and stigma around addiction. They’ll never admit to being an addict until there’s an intervention or it gets really really bad.” You could say all the right things and the person may still be unable to admit to you and to themselves that they have a problem. This is where you might want to ask for some extra help, like from a professional addiction counselor or similar. To get help for yourself or for others who are struggling with 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 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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