Alcoholism is the chronic habit of drinking alcohol, causing significant mental and physical health issues. Alcoholism endangers more than a million lives per year. It can result in serious and dangerous effects on vital organs of the body, such as heart attack, impaired insight, short-term memory loss, liver cirrhosis, and brain atrophy. Unfortunately, denial is a cardinal symptom of alcohol use disorder.
Confidant Health provides Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for alcohol use disorder to provide professional help and guidance to get rid of alcoholism. In MAT therapy, healthcare professionals use medications and psychological techniques to overcome substance use disorders.
Denial and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a physical and psychological condition that can negatively affect the body and human behaviors. Family history, environment, genetic factors, mental status, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are some significant factors that can put you at increased risk for alcoholism.
Addiction can be cured or managed when a person is willing to leave it or at least aware of its adversity. But unfortunately, one of the main signs of alcohol addiction is denial. It not only keeps you away from seeking treatment but also keeps you unaware of your condition. That’s why healthcare professionals usually find it challenging to discuss the treatment with people who are in denial of their alcohol misuse. Basically, denial is a defense mechanism in which a person has impaired insight into the destructive nature of alcohol misuse.
Signs of denial in Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcohol addicted persons try to give self-deceptive justification for their behavior, even if it's unacceptable. For example: “I only drank because he needed company.”
Projection refers to the behavior when someone falsely holds another person accountable for one's drinking challenges. For Example, “I only drank because of my divorce.”
Someone with an alcohol use disorder tries to defend their behavior, usually to avoid criticism. This behavior is known as defensiveness. For instance, “ I didn’t go to the bar to drink.”
In comparison, people misusing alcohol usually justify alcohol dependence as conventional by comparing it with other people who are struggling with alcohol dependence. For example, “He is older than me and more addicted. If he’s doing fine, I won’t have any problems either.”
Not admitting to alcohol addiction as an adverse problem is called repudiation. For example, “I know more about alcohol than you. Stop grumbling.”
People dependent on alcohol may avoid people or situations where they think they may get judged for their addiction. For instance, “I don’t want her to be my friend anymore because she makes me feel awkward.”