Denial and Substance Abuse
Research by the National Institute of Health indicates that more than 5 million individuals live in denial of their substance abuse. Denial is an intricate part of addiction and it is important to understand that without denial, alcohol and drug addiction would not be able to thrive.
Denial in Addiction
Denial in alcohol or drug addiction is different from lying in substance abuse. Lying is a choice the individual deliberately makes to do deceive, whereas the individual in denial truly believes that what they are saying is the truth and valid. Denial is also evident by the excuses that are made by family and friends to excuse the substance abuse behavior of a loved one or friend. Denial leads the individual to go from denying that they have an alcohol or drug abuse problem to blaming everyone else and shirking responsibility for their addiction and behavior.
Denial is Dangerous
Alcohol and drug abuse and denial can be as common as believing that they can handle their substance abuse on their own or that they can quit at any time. Denial can also show itself as a complete rejection that there is a substance abuse problem at all. In some cases, the individual may be on the verge of losing everything in their life, their family, their home, their career, they may be in the edge of financial loss and their health could be declining and yet they will still deny that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Denial is dangerous. Making rationalizations regarding alcohol and drug abuse in the mind of the addict or alcoholic is better than admitting that there is a problem. Further, the substance abuser will stop at nothing to try to convince everyone around them that everything is fine and they do not have a drug or alcohol addiction.
Overcoming Denial and Addiction
12 step rehab programs promote the belief that substance abuse is an incurable genetic disease. The behavior of the addict or alcoholic is excused because they have a disease and they cannot help their use. 12 step programs keep the substance abuser helpless in their situation; unable to move past their circumstances through the belief that everyone relapses and there is no way to avoid it. Other alternative programs that include cognitive behavioral education, teaches that your substance abuse is not a disease, nor is it a genetic defect, but it is a choice that you make to abuse drugs and alcohol. Cognitive behavioral education believes that your substance abuse is a learned behavior and it teaches you to take responsibility for your decision to use drugs and alcohol. However, regardless of the philosophy you choose to follow, whether it is the views of 12 step programs or the alternative program’s views, the first step to overcoming substance abuse is to get help from someone. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and drugs and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.