Admitting that you have an addiction problem can be a very difficult thing to do. Some people see it as a loss of power and control or a sign of weakness. However, it takes a lot of strength to admit that you need help and to accept it. Unfortunately, only a fraction of people struggling with addiction seek treatment.
Not everyone is in denial. Some people realize that they have a problem but aren’t ready to accept it or change, which can also be dangerous. Denying that you have a problem allows things to fester and become worse. As you continue your substance use, it takes a greater toll on your body, your mind, your family, your finances, and much more. You also put yourself at greater risk for accidentally overdosing, which can be potentially fatal.
There are several types of denial when it comes to addiction:
- Rationalizing: You justify your drug or alcohol use to yourself. Just one more drink won’t hurt, or you’ve had a long day so you deserve it.
- Comparing: You may compare your use to others’ and think that you’re not as bad off or you don’t drink or use drugs as much as they do, so things are fine.
- Blaming: You blame your substance use on other factors and don’t hold yourself responsible or accountable.
- Diverting: You put the focus on something other than your drinking or drug use and find other reasons to justify it.
- Minimizing: You downplay the effects of addiction in your life so things don’t seem as serious.
All of these actions can keep you from getting the help you need. They can lead you to continue the vicious cycle of addiction and poor decision making. Admitting that you have a problem with addiction can allow you to enter into treatment sooner and start your path to recovery. Seacliff can help you to achieve recovery and break the cycle of denial so you can start living a life you love.If you’re ready to take that next step and admit you need help for addiction, contact Seacliff today.