To be able to begin seeking out drug help, the person in question has to come to a certain level of understanding about their addiction. Denying any and all problems, or exhibiting self-deception, will only impede the road to recovery. The individual has to work in order to accept him or herself and those around that person have to cultivate a level of understanding, too.

The Many Steps Toward True Drug Help

It can be difficult for those without addiction experience to understand why the addicted person acts a certain way. “How could a person be so devastatingly and destructively self-deceived?” This point of view is a narrow field of understanding, of course, because working through substance abuse isn’t as simple as realizing and accepting that you have a problem. That is an early and crucial step, true, but it is far from the only one.

Part of the damage of assuming  that if someone wants drug help, they’ll be able to get it immediately is that the non-addicted is assigning a lot of blame. They are condemning the other person for not having moved on to healthier habits perhaps even in the midst of that person working through treatment. As has been mentioned many times, recovery is a process, not a single step. 

It’s true that there are often levels of self-deception that make it more difficult for the patient to adjust their lifestyle. In these situations (involving substance abuse or otherwise), “we look for evidence that supports our belief and tend not to give as much weight to evidence that would challenge that belief.” When it comes to drug or alcohol use, the individual might think, for example, that their typically drinking habits are standard for people their age. In reality, it’s likely that they imbibe quite a lot more than others, but allow self-deception to take the place of the unpleasant reality.

For those who are trying to understand these habits and tendencies in order to best help addicted loved ones, self-deception can be confusing. However, making an effort to put yourself into the minds of these people who are struggling is crucial. It’s not a revolutionary concept that you would be better equipped to help someone if you better understood their situation. For the patient, if they “can begin to understand what is motivating him to hold certain beliefs and views about himself, he gains crucial knowledge.” Exploring what is driving them to continue to perpetuate these false beliefs can help the addicted person to begin to recognize their need for drug help. 

There’s no question that “motivations are often complicated,” and this is especially true for those who are working to recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. It may be easier to understand another’s addiction if it is thought of (at least in part) as a habit, one that has motivations behind it, like any other habit, and which can be broken. As with most habits, though, this takes a lot of time, effort, and the replacement of that unwanted activity with something else. Having the support of loved ones surely wouldn’t hurt, and those people can also benefit from a deeper understanding.

If you or someone you care about is looking for drug help or for rehabilitation for alcohol 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 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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