Are you in alcoholic or addict denial?
Addiction can be a cunning and baffling feature to someone’s overall well-being. Many who suffer from addiction, alcoholism or substance abuse issues may not even accept they have a problem. In many cases they may be suffering detrimental consequences for their behavior or denial of their disease.
Alcoholism affects millions of people every year. According to the CDC, excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths throughout the United States from 2006–2010. 2.5 million years of potential life were lost due to the 88,000 deaths from alcoholism.
There are many who just can’t put down the drink of alcohol once they consumed the first one. Many continue their drinking even after they’ve come to terms with the fact they may be an alcoholic. They lose their family, friends and their positions in society. Those who continue to drink will continue on to jails, institutions or death.
Illicit Drug Abuse affected 10.2% of people ages 12 and older out of 321.42 million people across the United States in 2014. This totals out to approximately 320,000 Americans who use various illicit drugs for consumption. More than 10,500 people died from heroin overdose deaths alone from 2013-2014.
How do you know if you’re in denial of your alcoholism and addiction?
Many young people are encouraged to use drugs or alcohol by various forms of influences. They flock to what’s popular and seek approval by their peers. However innocent they may be, they don’t know what doors they are opening up for their future. Once they start suffering consequences due to their substance abuse they don’t see them as a warning sign. Some consequences may be:
- Coming home late
- Poor grades in school
- Not showing up to school
- Displaying an attitude towards authority figures
- Getting in trouble with the police
The examples above reference indicators for young adults who are struggling with substance abuse. The young adults struggling with substance abuse may be in denial about their substance abuse or addiction issues. However the parents can be too. Many parents don’t want to believe their child is having an issue with drug addiction or alcoholism. Most parents have experience with dabbling in drug addiction and alcoholism at early ages so they don’t see it as a problem. They may even suffer from drug addiction or alcoholism themselves.
Are you an Adult in denial about your drug or alcohol use?
Many adults who struggle with substance abuse, illicit or prescription drug addiction and alcoholism know they are in the midst of a struggle. However, not many are willing or able to admit it. Many have high profile jobs like judges, lawyers, doctors, nurses or a number of many other jobs. They’re not willing to openly admit they have a problem or are in complete denial about their substance abuse disorders. Many will be in fear of what family members will say or the consequences that may follow or have ensued.
Most adults who are suffering from addiction, alcoholism or substance abuse issues haven’t a clue. They don’t feel any bodily or mentally different than those that use drugs or alcohol with impunity.
Here are some of the signs for adults who may have substance abuse issues:
- Struggles with lateness or loss of job
- Person is getting belligerent when in midst of conversation.
- Argumentative when asked about drinking or drugging habits.
- Physically or verbally abusive toward loved ones.
- Doesn’t stop drinking or living the “party life”
- Doesn’t take care of responsibilities.
- Can’t pay bills on time.
- Doesn’t wake up at normal hours.
- Many more can be listed but here is a reference:
Many adults who suffer from denial or unmanageability from drug use or alcoholism won’t readily admit it. They may not have the capacity to be honest with themselves or anyone else for that matter. Most who struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism don’t want to see the truth. They don’t want to admit they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. They may not even admit it even after suffering massive consequences like Drunk Driving charges or other arrests stemming from their drinking and drugging.
If you or a family member is struggling with substance abuse please don’t hesitate to call. Consultation is free and we can get you the help you deserve.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI). Atlanta, GA: CDC.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Today’s Heroin Epidemic – More People at Risk, Multiple Drugs Abused. MMWR 2015.