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Given that each and every person is fundamentally different, the same can also be said for every case of addiction and. Every time an addict approaches an addiction counsellor in Kent, it is necessary for the counsellor to consider the individual case from the ground up, starting with something of a blank canvas.

But while every case of addiction will always be unique, the vast majority share certain similarities. One of which being how addiction and denial more often than not go hand in hand. The thing about addiction is that while you may spend quite a lot of time lying to yourself about what’s happening, you often believe that these lies are in fact the truth. Given the way in which addiction brings about so many physical and psychological issues, it is almost impossible to think clearly and rationally about anything at all. As such, addicts often find themselves in something of a ‘rut’ of denial they cannot get out of, without professional support and assistance.

While it’s never a good idea to generalise, there are nonetheless certain ways most addicts lie to themselves. Which are important to take into account and acknowledge, both for those battling addiction and the close friends and family members supporting them. The better you understand the mechanics of addiction and denial, the more capable of providing helpful support you become.

To put it into context, here’s a quick overview of five ways most addicts lie to themselves:

1. My Addiction Is My Problem and Nobody Else’s

First of all, addicts often believe that they exist in something of a vacuum and that it is their problem alone to deal with. This usually accompanies something of a sense of worthlessness and despair, causing the individual to think only of themselves and not of anyone else. Whether completely unaware of the fact or simply choosing to ignore it, addiction is the kind of problem that will always have an enormous impact on everyone in the respective individual’s life. It’s just that in many instances, it becomes necessary to remind them of this.

2. I Couldn’t Handle Living Without Alcohol/Drugs

Once again, this is something that many addicts genuinely believe and are not aware of the fact that they are lying to themselves. In any instance where drugs or alcohol have been turned to as something of an escape from reality, it can of course seem as if returning back to reality really isn’t a plausible prospect.  Likewise, it could also be that the individual in question has experienced such severe withdrawal symptoms that they cannot realistically picture themselves are ever going through the recovery process.

3. I’m in Total Control and Can Stop Anytime

The single most common example of denial among addicts across the board is that of claiming to be under control and having the ability to stop at any time.  In reality, addiction is defined by a dangerous or detrimental action or behaviour, over which the individual in question has no control. Instead, it is the substance that has control over the individual. Some addicts genuinely believe that they are in control and could stop if they wanted to, but in most instances this is proved as entirely inaccurate by way of any number of failed attempts.

4. I’m Not an Addict – I’m Not as Bad as Some

Something else quite a lot of addicts tend to do is compare their cases to those of others. They believe that as there are other addicts in considerably more severe situations than they themselves, their own situation isn’t nearly as serious as others may be making out. In fact, they may even believe that as there are so many cases worse than their own, they do not in fact qualify as an addict. In reality, comparing your own case to that of others simply as a means by which to downplay its severity is one of the most characteristic hallmarks of addiction.

5. I’ve Stopped Caring and Don’t Want to Quit

Last up, many addicts will occasionally lose hold and reside themselves to failure. Nevertheless, this is only ever temporary and the kind of thing that is to be both are expected and managed proactively. When an addict says that they have stopped caring are no longer want to quit, this simply isn’t the truth.  Instead, it’s an admission of a sense of hopelessness and a total loss of control, having accepted that the recovery process would be prohibitively difficult. If anything, it’s a cry for help and a sign of real desperation.

 

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