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Denying Addiction—What to Say to a Loved One Who Won’t Face the Truth About Their Drug Use

Denying Addiction—What to Say to a Loved One Who Won’t Face the Truth About Their Drug Use

When a family member battles addiction, their denial can be an exceptionally hard obstacle to overcome. It may seem like a hopeless situation, as attempting to persuade them to get help appears to be unfruitful. How can you make them understand the need for treatment if they won’t accept the issue in the first place? By understanding the mechanisms behind denial and being aware of what to say to a person in denial, you can make progress toward getting them the assistance they require.

The Myth of “Rock Bottom”

It is commonly thought in the addiction support network that one has to reach their most destitute state to seek help for their problem. This notion, however, is not only wrong but is also hazardous. The reality is that many people seek rehabilitation for their addiction because of the influence of their family and friends. This information alone reveals that denial is not necessarily an impassable barrier as is sometimes assumed; it is possible to lead someone into treatment even if they had not previously acknowledged the necessity for it. Sometimes a person doesn’t see how harmful their behavior is until it’s brought to their attention by people who care about them.

How to Approach Someone in Denial of Their Addiction

In order to encourage a person to accept treatment, it is important to be mindful of what words are used when speaking to them. Prioritize making the point that treatment can help them reach their goals, breaking down any resistance to therapy, and presenting it as something that will benefit them. Lets discuss some talking points in further detail:

“I” Statements

Expressing one’s feelings using phrases beginning with “I” such as “I am concerned” and “I sense” can help to keep away any words that could cause a person to become estranged from their loved one.

Give Details

Explain particular activities, experiences, and events to illustrate the consequences of their substance abuse and make them understand how it’s hurting them and those around them. This doesn’t mean to make a long list of grievances. Instead, demonstrate how their drug use is keeping them from achieving their true aspirations.

Avoid Accusation

Dependence on a substance is a life-long condition, not an imperfection in one’s character. And it is not possible to resolve it by criticizing or accusing somebody you care about. This is especially true with addiction denial where your loved one may be easily defensive.

Ask About Desires

It’s unlikely that anyone desires to become an addict. But during a time of addiction it can be hard to recall the ambitions that were once held. By asking the person you care for what they aspire toward in life, you can assist them in re-establishing a connection to their aspirations. Ask how ongoing drug use affects those goals. This can encourage rehabilitation and inspire the desire for recovery.

Discuss Fears

Confessing an addiction can be scary. But when a person is able to look beyond denial and express their fears, real progress is possible. It may allow them to look at the situation more objectively and recognize that their worries are irrational or conquerable. Additionally, it could give them the opportunity to come up with ways to combat their fears.

Provide Options for Treatment and Support

Go in with a plan. Give them options and reassure that they have support from professionals as well as family and friends. 

Eudaimonia Can Help Keep You on the Path to Recovery

Eudaimonia offers excellent recovery programs with tailored care. In these programs, individuals can develop positive coping skills with the tools necessary to maintain sobriety. Eudaimonia even provides tailored care based on gender and orientation. We also include supervised, short-term housing to provide support for newly sober individuals. But no matter where you are in your recovery, Eudaimonia Sober Living Homes can provide support every step of the way. We have facilities for sober living in Austin, Houston, and Colorado Springs ready to assist you in living your sober lifestyle. Call Eudaimonia Sober Living Homes at (888) 424 – 4029 for more information on the sober living process and current room availability.

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