Alcohol addicts normally experience some level of distortion in their thought pattern, and this is named Denial.
It is very obvious that alcohol addicts go through lots of distresses to those who are involved in their management and to the addicts that are responding to management. Denial is a major problem when attempting treatment and is seen as part of the alcoholism. When conducting a diagnosis it has been noticed that the term denial is not specifically used, but it is understood that the term underlies the primary symptom which has been classified as consuming alcohol despite the adverse consequences which are also involved.
Denial levels are subjective when it comes to people addicted to alcohol, and the medical specialists are just starting to realize this. As a matter of fact, there are several stages of preparedness when it comes to people's willingness to correct the way they have been behaving, since everyone recognises issues with their drinking subjectively. Because of this fact, medical specialists are able to convince people to seek treatment even when they are scared of what it entails by individualising medical care plans to suit the person's willingness to change their behaviour. Many people who are addicted to alcohol still however continue to deny that they are addicted and the denial problem is usually more severe in those who are most addicted.
This denial by the alcoholic may become so strong that their loved ones, family, and friends starts believing that the problem is something different- due to mean temper, the need to be busy and troubled, depression, propensity for accidents, bad luck, bodily ailments and many others.
Many of the young and old adults when they reminisce their childhood days and realize that their father, mother, and other relatives suffered from severe alcohol abuse have actually been thrown into a huge chagrin. In most cases, the matter would not have been discussed but would be covered up as an unwanted incident. Denial occurs both at the individual level and at the societal level as the stigma of alcoholism coupled with certain myths has led to a wrong portrayal of people suffering from alcohol addiction. It's hoped that in the years to come less people will be coming to the realization that a certain person was an alcohol addict many years afterwards when they can no longer help since addiction treatment experts and other people have spent a lot of time recently trying to change the public's view that alcoholism only happens to people without stronger will power and trying to convince them that alcoholism is actually a disease.
The loved ones of the addicted individual usually shield them from coming to grips with the negative consequences of their actions because they become biased due to the person's refusal to accept it or their own struggles with alcoholism. The alcohol addict is likely to continue drinking in the presence of this sort of protective behaviour and this can lead to much worse consequences and this particular protective behaviour is known as enabling. Enabling an individual is similar to a denial and is categorised as one of the symptoms of alcohol addiction. This is a symptom which is displayed by the others and not by the individual who is addicted although it has not been mentioned specifically within the diagnostic criteria but has been known as an aspect of the disease which is well-recognised. When it comes to helping people who have an addicted loved assist the addict and comprehend their behaviour, mostly by developing the will-power to quit enabling them, specialised groups, such as Alateen and Al-Anon, have been formed to that effect. The first action to take in order to achieve effective alcohol addiction treatment is to jettison denial and enabling.