Addiction is like a thief that sneaks into your house undetected. Once you had perceived its presence, you are already robbed. You have no idea that it has already taken hold of you. Some addicts are so resolute that they will justify or totally deny their affliction. For some, their denial is so strong that they don’t even entertain the possibility that they have a problem. The first step to treatment and recovery is the recognition that a person needs help. Being in denial can make it hard for a person to seek help and to get sober. So what are the tricky signs of addiction denial?
You are blaming your drug abuse problem on someone else.
You feel as if your current situation was your parents, family or partner’s fault. You don’t have a choice because they have made you the way you are. There is always a nice scapegoat story that you repeat time and time again: you use drugs because of your divorce, your relationship or financial problems, or due to some trauma you had previously experienced.
You are not worried.
You feel as though your family and friends make too much concern for nothing. They often talk you out of things. You think they are making so much fuss about things that doesn’t matter that much.
You feel as though you can easily quit cold turkey anytime.
Defending your habit is easy, you just tell everyone that you can quit anytime. This is something that you would like to believe yourself, though you know that your body says otherwise.
You don’t see your addiction as a problem.
You rationalize that there is no big deal, you are not harming anybody but just yourself. Everyone is thinking that you have a big problem and you don’t want to think about it. When something stressful happen, the first thought that crosses your mind is to get your fix.
You see it as a way to combat stress.
You use your stressful state to defend your habit.
You compare your pattern of addiction with others just like you.
You rationalize that just because you are not yet hitting “rock bottom”, your habit hasn’t turned for the worst. You thought that your drug use is not as bad as others because you are still able to rationalize things.
Your family and friends are worried but it doesn’t concern you.
Unlike before when you are heeding their advice, this time, their concern doesn’t hold much power. Addicts will selectively block out thoughts that didn’t fit into their point of view.
You tell yourself that you’ll just cut back and will get your habit under control.
You feel like quitting is not an option. Instead, you just tell everybody that you are cutting back and getting it in control.
You avoid the addiction issue on conversations.
You divert topics or totally lash out harshly when your family or friends try to talk you out of your dangerous habit. You know that you have a deep- seated problem but you will never dare to admit so.
Addiction totally changes a person’s outlook. Addiction is incapacitating for the reason that addicts will always be in denial about their condition. They will never accept that they are in too deep, until after they have already gone too far. Denial happen both consciously and at unconscious level. Lying to cover up the extent of addiction can sometimes happen even without the addict’s conscious volition. Addiction is scary because of how powerful it is once it has taken hold of a person. Denial may mean that an addict has already gone in deep, it is a sign that the person can no longer help himself. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, then seek the help you need to overcome it today.