Denial has a negative connotation in the substance abuse community, and with good reason. As with many abuse help programs, recognizing and admitting to denial is step one in recovery. However, you may not be able to tell the difference between sincerity and true denial. It is generally assumed that if someone does not give the required response, then they are still in denial, no matter what. No matter how strong their belief is, denial is the culprit in every case. What is real, what is fake, and what is tied to substance abuse and the alteration of cognitive processes?
Methamphetamine abuse is an “upper” drug, which stimulates the nervous system, over-stimulates the neurons in the brain, causes many physical side effects, including the “shakes,” a convulsive hypertension in the body, or meth mouth, a rotting of the enamel, dentin and eventually the remainder of the teeth. Meth abuse is highly addictive and individuals on the drug will do just about anything to acquire it. In addition to this, their cognitive processes are so distorted, especially while “high” on the drug, that they may not have access to their moral center…at all. Any individual in the hold of drugs or alcohol is putting themselves and others in extreme danger. How do they live with themselves? They deny it.
Of course, if you have been abusing the drug for long enough, it becomes impossible to deny that you are abusing it, even to yourself. However, you can still easily deny the harm it is doing and how it has destroyed your relationships and how alone you are now. Denial is like black clothing. You can mix and match it with any form of substance abuse. How can you tell when a recovering addict is being sincere?
Well, it is not through looking at them and believing that they really have changed this time. Instead, interact with them as you normally do and watch them very carefully. If they are truly recovered, their actions and behavior will reflect this. They will be able to obtain and hold down a job. They will be able to communicate effectively with their friends and family members. They will eat and drink properly and look a lot healthier, and stronger…and happier.
Obviously, addicts have a long road to travel and the objects blocking their road along the way include judgment and suspicion from family members. It is not an easy road to travel. However, when they reach your place of work, you have regular drug and alcohol testing procedures in place to help them along and keep your assets safe. Contact CMM Technology today: +618-9204-2500.
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Roes, Nicholas A. Solutions for the “treatment-resistant” addicted client: therapeutic techniques for engaging difficult clients. New York: Haworth Press, 2002. Print.