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4 Common Denial from Addicts

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4 Common Denial from Addicts 1. It’s not That Bad 2. I Just Don’t Want To 3. Others Do As Well 4. I Deserve It


1. It’s not that Bad

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This is also known as minimizing, and alcoholics are great at it. We can downplay just about anything to a reasonable level. Sometimes we just don’t drink as much as we usually do. Or we may take a few days off the sauce entirely. It’s all a bunch of crap if you are a real alcoholic, and it is all just part of a scheme you use in your head to minimize the real problem and be able to say “see? I only had 2 drinks last night….it’s not so bad!”


2. I Just Don’t Want To

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I use to use this one constantly. Truly I was that stupid, to think that if I really wanted to quit drinking, it would be a piece of cake for me (because I am just so smart, you know!). But I stubbornly maintained that I just did not want to stop drinking, even though my life was falling apart, I was blowing hundreds of dollars per month on booze, and I stood to gain everything in the world by quitting. I just didn’t want to! And yes, I really believed my own lie on this one. That is why they call it denial.


3. Others Do As Well

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Other people drink just as much. I used this one when I could spot it, and clung to the fact that so-and-so was just as loaded (or even worse!) than I was getting. Made me feel healthy, it did.


4. I Deserve It

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I deserve it because I work hard / suffer from so and so/ have had a rough life / etc.


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4 Common Denial from Addicts