A Florida addiction treatment center is a place where drug abusers and addicts can find the medical treatment and professional support they need to achieve lasting sobriety. Denial is one of the major stumbling blocks to sobriety. It aligns perfectly with the insidious nature of addiction that often creep into people’s life in the guise of pleasure or pain relief. Denial often begins with a lot of self-talk that justifies substance abuse. Even when it is obvious that the drug is destroying the individual’s life on many levels, denial can still remain strongly intact. In fact, addicts can become so defensive that loved ones watching drug abuse take its toll may not be sure how to help an addict who is in denial. To get help from a Florida addiction treatment center, contact a specialist who can help.
Many people can attest to standing on the fence unsure of whether they should or shouldn’t confront a loved one about addiction. Fear often cause people to wait for the situation to resolve itself, hoping that the person in addiction will suddenly wake up and recognize that they are on a slippery path and stop drinking or using drugs. But addiction, like most disease, is progressive rather than self-correcting. It is described by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that despite harmful consequences to the person in addiction and their loved ones, will continue to cause obsessive drug seeking and compulsive and habitual consumption of drugs.
The truth is, abusive use of drugs has always been linked to negative issues such as sexual exploitation, promiscuity, violence, crime and sickness. Although the initial decision to take drugs is usually voluntary once addiction occurs, neurological changes in the brain removes the ability to disengage from what has been categorized for years as a socially stigmatized pattern of behavior. As such, it is difficult for many to willing acknowledge their addiction, even to themselves. Breaking through the barriers of denial can be difficult in order to rescue an individual from this destructive lifestyle. Most people in addiction stay in denial because:
- They believe they have the power to stop using drugs when they want to so compulsive seeking and using of drugs is a choice and therefore not an addiction.
- Admitting that they have an addiction means they will have to stop using drugs and they don’t want to.
- Multiple failed attempts have them convinced that they cannot function without drugs.
- It’s normal because everyone in their social circle is doing it.
- As long as you don’t accept addiction, you keep your drug use rights and privileges in tact
- Denial protects them because they have no intention of ever giving up drugs
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.