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Denying an Addiction Makes Recovery Harder

Denying an Addiction and Drug Dependence - The Bergand Group

Part of being able to establish a firm route of recovery is accepting the truth of one’s addiction situation. Professionals, too, are prevented from offering their full extent of care if the individual  is unable or unwilling to admit the issues that they’re having and are instead denying an addiction. Accepting problems with drug dependence is easier said than done; how can a person do so more easily?

Help Loved Ones to Stop Denying an Addiction

It’s true that many people who drink alcohol or use drugs who then say they “don’t have a problem” are telling the truth.  A lot of people choose to use these substances recreationally and are actually able to do so without developing a use disorder. Unfortunately, others want to believe that they are in that category, but their use extends into the area of drug dependence. There are greater risks for this group, naturally, and especially if they are not fully accepting of their position.

“Denial is particularly dangerous when we mix drugs and alcohol, particularly two depressants, such as alcohol and marijuana.” Not everyone abusing substances will mix, but if they do, the consequences can be even more severe, including a number of risky behaviors mixed with (potentially) periods of severe depression and other mental illnesses. Those who have developed an addiction may see their use as “coping mechanisms” rather than serious and dangerous addictions.

Another difficult factor in this experience is that a number of pervasive myths “cater to the user’s self-deception.” For example, many college students use marijuana because it is thought to be less addictive or harmful than other drugs. Education and understanding are important in all aspects of addiction and rehabilitation, but in this case, that misinformation only feeds into the person’s ability to convince themselves that there is no issue. There is a way to aid those who may be denying an addiction without appearing judgmental and, in fact, this is the way to help them to reach a more stable acceptance.

These individuals are often not swayed by the concerns of friends and family and require professional aid to return to a healthier lifestyle. However, that doesn’t mean that loved ones shouldn’t be on the lookout for warning signs or that they shouldn’t try and reach out to the person. There are a lot of different symptoms depending on which substance is being abused, so familiarize yourself with the side effects of drug dependence use so that you can better understand and spot these instances. Additionally, most will have the effect of a “loss of judgment,” so be on the lookout for that in a general sense.

Denying an addiction could put the personal safety of the individual in danger (and it likely will), but it also endangers others who are nearby. Lapses in judgment often result in accidents of one kind or another, and dealing with the guilt of such an instance could make it even more difficult to let go of substance use. Avoid that guilt altogether by seeking sobriety as soon as possible, beginning with an internal acceptance of the problem at hand and moving on from there. It may seem impossible to reach recovery sometimes, but it isn’t, particularly not with the help of others.

There are a number of ways in which you can get help for drug dependence or ways that you can help someone who is struggling. Get in touch with The Bergand Group if you need help doing so. 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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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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