Denial is a refusal to accept the painful reality that can change our perception. In fact, it is the automatic or unconscious responses or reactions that can cause a relapse into any disease. It has its own advantages and disadvantages. You can temporarily eliminate the pain and any emotional pain by creating a mistaken perception that the problem is solved. But at the same time, it blocks your acceptance. In our lives, when we face losses, p. The death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship or any other type of loss can lead to denial.
The denial approach changes when it is associated with any type of dependency. People use bad decisions to become alcoholics and drug addicts to deny their mistakes, regrets and shame. Even the same model is followed by those who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It should be noted that alcoholics and drug addicts have made joint statements to deny their reality.
- “I can stop anytime, whenever I decide to do it”
- “I drink to forget my problems”
- “Someone in my situation would drink”
- There are four levels of denial:
- The lack of information
- Conscious defense
- Unconscious Defense
- Delusional state
The severity of the addiction reinforces the denial. This situation becomes painful and disconcerting for family and friends. In fact, “denial is the hallmark of drug addiction”. That’s why denial management is the critical and critical protocol for healing addiction. In other words, denial management is inevitable for the treatment of addiction. It is also a durable element to prevent relapse.
Awareness is the first step in effective denial management. Immediate recognition of denial thoughts is mandatory for its management. Some experts suggest that for effective denial management, it is very important to manage all feelings, thoughts, and actions directly and indirectly with each type of denial. Although denial absorbs blows and helps us avoid all kinds of emotional suffering (shame, guilt and regret), however, in the life of an addict, this can be an obstacle to healing.
- An addict may use the following refusal models.
- Avoidance (I will talk about everything but the problem!)
- Absolute denial: (NO, not me!)
- Minimization: (It’s not so bad!)
- Streamlining: (I have a good reason!)
- Blame: (It’s not my fault!)
- Compare: (The others are worse than me!)
- Handling (I will only recover if you do what I want!)
- Recovery by fear: (being afraid of the consequences of alcohol consumption and excessive consumption will keep me sober!)
- Compliance: (I will say anything you want to hear if you leave me alone!)
- Leak to health: (feeling better means I’m better!)
- Strategic despair (since nothing will work, I do not have to try!)
- State of Democratic Disease: (I have the right to drink and smash myself to the death!)
To effectively manage denial, one must learn to quickly recognize denial patterns. Whenever we realize that we are using denial models, we can disable it by following these simple steps to pause, relax, reflect, and decide. Take a break and observe the true manifestation of denial patterns. Recognize your status. Then, during any relaxation activity such as deep breathing, you can relax your body and consciously imagine that stress is emerging from your body; Then think about your experiences by asking, “Do I really want to continue using denial or looking at the realities of my life? Finally, you decide whether you want to continue using the refusal or not. When you follow all these steps, you will have to take responsibility for the consequences.
In principle, a fun acceptance is the antidote to denial. Here, on a voluntary basis, we develop a vision of our patients through the use of structured intervention tools and detailed work on denial management.