Denial plays a major role in addiction, so much so that it is considered to be a part of the illness of addiction. When a person continues to believe that they do not have a problem with alcohol and drugs, they continue to tell themselves all sorts of excuses to keep using. You might describe denial that which people cannot identify or accept in themselves but what is apparent to others. It is a person’s inability to see that there is a concern, problem, or issue to be dealt with.
Here is a list of excuses and lies that many addicts have told themselves to avoid the reality that there might in fact be a problem to address:
- I can quit anytime.
- Recovery from drug and alcohol use is boring.
- I’m under a lot of stress and need the alcohol or drug to calm down.
- Addiction is the best kind of life that I can hope for.
- My drug use is my own business and it shouldn’t matter to anyone else.
- Beer drinkers aren’t addicts.
- I only drink on the weekends.
- The DUI was unfair; I was fine to drive that night.
- Sober people are miserable.
- The doctor prescribed the medication so they must be okay to use.
- Recovery is basically a constant fight with cravings.
- I’m not that bad; I know people who drink much more than I do.
- I am much more creative when I’m high.
- Life is going to come to an end anyway so why not thoroughly enjoy it now.
- People who chronically relapse will never get sober.
- Everyone I know uses drugs and alcohol so it must be normal behavior.
- My addiction isn’t affecting anyone else.
- I’d never be able to manage my stress/problems without drugs and alcohol.
- I don’t care about my life and I don’t care if the addiction kills me.
- I’m only a social user.
- I can’t quit so I may as well go along with the addiction.
- I’m not an addict because this isn’t affecting my work.
- I only drink on nights and weekends so I’m not an addict.
- Giving up alcohol or drugs for the rest of my life is a prison sentence.
- I’m waiting to hit rock bottom.
- I have a lot of bad luck.
Fortunately, there are times when some men and women recognize the need for help. It is common for those struggling with an addiction to have insight at certain times, while denial at other times. If a person were to recognize denial in themselves, there are ways keep denial at bay. For instance, ways to cope with denial include making a strong network of support. When the cycle of addiction begins to take over, allow your friends and family members to provide their support. You can even write out advance directives or create a treatment plan with a therapist in advance so that your wishes can be adhered to regardless of your mental state. Creating a plan ahead of time can help break through the tendency for denial to keep you stuck in addiction.
However, if you find that no matter what you do you’re still fighting addiction, contact a mental health provider today.
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