What Is Denial?

Denial is one of the most common defense mechanisms people use to refuse or accept a reality or a truth. Though defense mechanisms are meant to protect us from harm, they can actually do more damage than not. The denial of addiction is a common problem for addicts and alcoholics, as well as their families. The reason why it poses such a problem is that it’s nearly impossible to ask for and receive help when the existence of a problem is not acknowledged.

One of the hardest things you can do is admit you’re an addict or alcoholic. Many of us may know it deep down, or know we’re different, but we don’t want to banish ourselves to a label, or worse, admit that we can’t drink or use anymore. Deciding to go to treatment is a giant step in the right direction. Some people still have a hard time admitting they have a problem once they get into treatment. After learning about the disease of addiction, most come around to the fact that those of us who end up in  treatment, more than likely have a substance use disorder—people who drink or use drugs on occasion typically don’t land in a treatment center.

Treatment teaches us that the way we drink and use isn’t what is considered “normal.” Our disease is trying to kill us on a daily basis, and the way we consume substances is its means to the end. The sooner we can accept what we have and who we are, the sooner we are able to treat our disease. Overcoming addiction is about fully understanding that we do not have the ability to control it, rid ourselves of it, or defeat it. What we can do however, is defend ourselves against it on a daily basis.

If you are struggling with addiction, we can give you the tools you need to defend yourself from its grip. If you are tired of feeling the way you do, and know that you don’t want to live like this anymore, you are moving out of denial and into desperation. We need desperation; desperation is what drives us to get help and to become willing to do whatever it takes to get and stay sober. If you are ready and willing to start a new life, give us a call. Recovery is possible, let us help you start your journey today.




The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers private, residential care. Our program brings together recovery and non recovery focused treatments to help clients heal and learn how to live life again, without drugs and alcohol. Call us today for information: 877.762.3707


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