Someone who has battled drugs and alcohol will usually come to a crossroads to ponder on their addiction. That jumping off point will revolve around the question of whether they can embrace that they either are, or they are not, someone that needs help with addiction recovery. Denial is not just a river in Egypt because denial is a major factor in the addiction of many people that need help to stop abusing drugs and alcohol.
The first step in trying to get sober is acknowledging that there is a problem. The longer that there is denial going on, the longer that addiction reigns and will continue to be swept under the rug. Acknowledging addiction may come in small doses or may become prevalent all at once depending on each individual’s experience. Taking notice on how life is just not working anymore can be a huge revelation that may pinpoint that it is time to stop living in the manner that is destructive to everyone, not only the person who is struggling to stay sober.
A person that is in the throes of addiction may rationalize their behaviors to throw others off the path of their addiction. Since they have not lost everything or have not racked up any legal problems, they will rebuff reasons to get the help that everyone else is aware that they need.
When anyone who needs help with addiction is not open to the possibility of the truth of the situation, denial is occurring. Someone with denial is obsolete of faith and will only look at the end result instead of looking at the whole picture. With this type of mentality, self-esteem becomes lowered making them less likely to want to acknowledge the realism of their addiction. They are not wanting to admit something that they think will make them look less favorably in the eyes of others, so will they continue with the facade. Denial is a defense mechanism that can protect that person who has something to hide from revealing the authenticity of the matter to protect their pride.
By acknowledging the elephant in the room (addiction), the freedom that comes from the truth (recovery), can be the exact thing that can unleash the burdens that come from withholding the acceptance of addiction. Acknowledgement can be the very thing that will show a person why they need to take the path of recovery.
Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a partial-care treatment program that will assist someone who is struggling with drugs and alcohol to get sober. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects combined can help our clients to achieve long-term sobriety.
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