Denial is one of the common traits of people struggling with addictive behavior. In most cases, a person struggling with addiction will go extra miles to cover-up the evidence of addiction, just to avoid being stigmatized for the addiction. Thus, making it difficult for friends and family to step in and help them get the help they need to overcome addiction. Understanding the signs and symptoms of addiction associated with persons in denial can help you recognize the problem early and get help for your friend or loved one. Nevertheless, if you feel your friend, colleague or spouse needs help overcoming addiction, we can help you find the right treatment programs and detox.
How to recognize an addict in denial?
It is very common for people struggling with addiction to be defensive about the problem when a friend or family member broaches the subject with them. Partly, because of the vulnerability that comes with letting other people into your business. But mainly because they feel their friends or family will not see them the same way again. But little do they know that denial will do nothing but complicate the problem for them. As their friend or loved one, it is your responsibility to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction and point it out to them. Here are the common signs of addiction to look out for in persons in denial.
- Solitary consumption of alcohol or drugs
- Consumption of alcohol or drugs at odd hours, such as in the morning.
- Concealment of alcohol or drugs in odd locales at home, at work, and everywhere else.
- Excessive consumption of drugs or alcohol to get the same high effect
- Legal violations resulting from substance abuse
- Avoiding social interactions or hobbies to spend time drinking or using.
- Infrequent periods of sobriety
- frequent outbursts over addiction-related discussions
Whereas the signs and symptoms listed above indicate an increment in a person’s fondness for alcohol and drugs, it doesn’t condemn your friend or loved one as an alcoholic or addict in denial. If you are concerned about your friend’s or loved one’s recent fondness for alcohol and drugs, you can consult our specialists to provide valuable advice on the best treatment plan for someone in denial.
When is the ideal time to seek help?
Getting help for someone who doesn’t believe that there is a problem can be very challenging. Yet, if you don’t take quick actions to help the person overcome addiction, the problem will compound and the consequences could worsen significantly. All things considered, the best time to seek help for someone in denial, is the moment you discover that there is a questionable relationship between the person and the abused substance. Of course, you’ll have to deal with defensive and evasive reactions from the addict in denial, but you shouldn’t standby until the problem spirals out of control. Get help today.
Our non-judgmental and experienced specialists are here to support you and your loved one on the path to long-term recovery. Feel free to call us for a confidential discussion about your loved one’s addictive behavior.