Signs of Addiction Denial and How To Get Help
What Is Addiction Denial?
Denial, when it comes to addiction, is when a person downplays, ignores, or distorts reality, usually as a way to protect themselves from the truth. When a person struggling with addiction is in denial, it does not mean they don’t know they have a problem. They are usually fully aware they are addicted to drugs or alcohol, but they may not realize the extent of the issue or may see their use as an escape from problems, not as the cause of them.
Because a person who is addicted to drugs may use the drugs as a comfort, being in denial about it is a convenient way to be able to continue their use until they see serious negative consequences like a major health event, an overdose, or a relationship loss. It can be a challenge to know if you are in denial, but if a loved one or somebody you trust suggests you are, it may be time to think about your alcohol or drug addiction treatment options.
Signs Someone Is in Denial About Their Addiction
Signs a person is in denial about their drug or alcohol addiction include:
- Defense mechanisms like getting angry or crying when the topic is brought up
- Comparing their drinking or drug use to other people who also have an addiction
- Rationalizing it as a reward for a hard day’s work
- Saying they need it to get through a difficult day
- Downplaying their use (ex. Saying they only had a few beers when they had several)
- Self-deception, convincing themselves things are not as bad as they actually are
- Blaming others for your substance abuse
- Using drugs or alcohol to get back at somebody
- Minimizing the negative consequences of their actions
How To Help An Addict in Denial
A person who is in denial about their addiction may not be open to substance abuse treatment. Overcoming denial is not easy, but you can help a substance abuser by:
- Encouraging them to go to therapy or counseling
- Keeping a journal that chronicles their behaviors (how many drinks per day, how much money they’ve spent, etc.)
- Showing them the consequences of their actions and forcing them to deal with the issues they’ve created themselves (ex. Not loaning money, making them call in sick for themselves, etc.)
- Providing educational materials (brochures, websites, etc.) so they can learn more about addiction on their own, possibly recognizing behaviors in themselves
- Staging an intervention, preferably with help from a professional interventionist who can help you plan the event and keep the discussion on the topic if emotions run high
Addiction Treatment Resources at Resurgence Behavioral Health
Resurgence Behavioral Health is an alcohol and drug rehab treatment center that offers levels of care ranging from detox through inpatient rehab to outpatient treatments like our intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP).
We believe that each person is valuable and important, and we never treat our patients as “drug addicts”. You are worthy of care, love, and the best treatment plan you can get. We will build a program that will help you alter your mindset, make lasting lifestyle changes, and break old habits, healing the underlying causes of addiction as you gain new recovery tools that will last you a lifetime.
We customize each patient’s care to their unique needs, so whether you are looking for benzo addiction treatment, heroin addiction treatment, or any alcohol, cocaine, opioid addiction, or any other type of drug treatment, your care will be personalized to the best help you. Our dual diagnosis treatments will help those with a co-occurring disorder, treating mental health issues like bipolar disorder, personality disorder, etc. offering treatments like depression treatment or anxiety treatment in an integrated program alongside substance abuse treatment.
Some of the other addiction treatment and behavioral health programs we offer are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Experiential Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Therapy
- Couples Rehab Programs
- Family Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Physical Fitness and Nutritional Counseling
- Outings to Local Attractions and Nature
- 12-Step Programs and Recovery Meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
- SMART Recovery Programs for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
- Access to our Alumni Network and Sober Living Home Referrals
Our detox programs, residential treatment (inpatient rehab), outpatient rehab, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs are all tailored to best suit each person’s needs in an individualized treatment plan.
Call the Resurgence drug addiction treatment center today to learn more about how we can help you get the detox treatment and drug and alcohol rehab care you need to recover, heal, and grow. We are standing by and can help you verify insurance coverage or answer any questions you or your loved ones may have now.
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