Do you struggle from alcoholic or drug addiction denial?
Alcohol and drug addiction denial can be a cunning and baffling feature to someone’s overall well-being. There are many types of denial in addiction. 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.
Terence T. Gorski Alcoholic or Drug Addiction Denial Patterns
Mr. Gorski’s approach to alcoholic and drug addiction denial patterns are probably one of the most sought after denial worksheets for denial patterns. Denial isn’t only intrinsic with alcoholism and drug addiction, but also with many other things like grievance and traumatic events. There are several different types of denial in addiction and alcoholism. The list below illustrates the types of denial in addiction. You can find Gorski’s Method Here.
Avoidance: I Say To Myself: “I’ll talk about anything but my real problems!”
Absolute Denial: I Say To Myself: “No, not me! I don’t have a problem!”
Minimizing: I Say To Myself: “My problems aren’t that bad!”
Rationalizing: I Say To Myself: “If I can find good enough reasons for my problems, I won’t have to deal with them!”
Blaming: I Say To Myself: “If I can prove that my problems are not my fault, I won’t have to deal with them!”
Comparing: I Say To Myself: “Showing that others are worse than me, proves that I don’t have serious problems!”
Compliance: I Say To Myself: “I’ll pretend to do what you want, if you’ll leave me alone!”
Manipulating: I Say To Myself: “I’ll only admit that I have problems, if you agree to solve them for me!”
Flight into Health: I Say To Myself: “Feeling better means that I’m cured!”
Recovery By Fear: I Say To Myself: “Being scared of my problems will make them go away!”
Strategic Hopelessness: I Say To Myself: “Since nothing works, I don’t have to try”
The Democratic Disease State: I Say To Myself: “I have the right to destroy myself and no one has the right to stop me!”
How do you know if you’re struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction denial?
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 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 drug addiction and alcoholism. The young adults struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism 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. Many parents could be suffering several different types of denial in addiction and alcoholism
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 and may be struggling with several different types of denial in addiction and alcoholism. Many have high profile jobs like judges, lawyers, doctors, nurses or several other jobs types. They’re not willing to openly admit they have a problem or are in complete denial about their addiction and/or alcoholism. 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.
- Gorski Denial Checklist Developed By Terence T. Gorski 1999