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Transcript of Denial Presentation
I've had a hard day, so I'll relax with some weed.
Well I'm going to rehab so I'm going to use
Everyone at my school uses.
What is Denial?
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a disease in which a person comes to rely on a substance or activity to cope with everyday life.
What Does Addiction Affect?
Even if just 2-3 of these areas are effected, then there is a problem
A Way of Coping
A Psychological Process
What is Denial?
It is like being color blind
It is the addiction's protection and survival mechanism
What Does Denial Affect
Relationships- Home, School and Legal
Emotions- Distorts the emotions
Health- Blinds them to health concerns and Risky Situations
Behaviors- Causes them to choose behaviors that protect the addiction
Spirituality- Aren't able to deal with not controlling their own life
Thinking- Impairs judgement, Distorts reality
Attitude- The won't care about consequences or things that used to matter to them
What causes denial?
Fear is the primary motivator
- Fear of changes in REHAB ST.
- Fear of not being able to cope with feelings
- Fear of reality and consequences
- Fear of Judgement or Rejection
What can we do to help someone coming out of denial?
Expose their denial as their addiction talking.
Remove them from reinforcements
Expose the statements by learning the types of Denial
Types of Denial
In this type of denial statement someone tries to make a big problem seem small.
Addicts try to make their usage seem unimportant or "no big deal".
Look out for the follow words "only", "just" and "few".
I only smoke weed a few times each week.
I just smoke weed on the weekends.
I only broke into your car once.
I smoke weed each week.
I smoke weed on the weekends.
I broke into your car.
This is a type of denial in which someone offers "reasons" or excuses"
This type of denial is an attempt to say that using is okay.
There is no okay day to use.
Even though you've had a hard day it's still not okay to use
Even though, you are going to rehab doesn't make it okay to use.
Even though some kids use, doesn't make it okay.
I get high because my parents nag me.
It's my friends fault because they got me started.
My parents and P.O. are too strict on me.
What Type of Denial Is this?
This is a way to avoid responsibility
This type of denial says that something else caused the denial
Parent: Are you high - Teen: I was using earlier
Parent: You are home pretty late.
Teen: Yeah, I'm too tired to have this conversation.
Parent: Who were you with?
Teen: When you don't trust me, I don't want to talk with you.
You make your own choices
It doesn't matter when you used.
You can go to sleep soon. Where were you?
We can build trust through honesty. Who were you with?
It doesn't matter how much you smoke if it is causing problems, and it is causing problems
It doesn't matter what you use......
Everyone in treatment has problems, you are here for yours.
Other people are not you, you have your problems
This is type of denial is when some compares their usage, their problems, or lives to other people.
This includes types of drugs, consequences, and willingness.
This is when someone changes the subject of the conversation to avoid talking about their addiction.
This is when someone gives arguments and "Proof" that this behavior should be okay.
When confronted about their usage the person with the addiction may explode
This is an attempt to disctract or scare you.
Sometimes it is about pushing people away
I don't smoke as much weed as him
At least I don't use crack.
I'm not like these other people in rehab, I'm different.
Other people use and don't have any real problems.
The only problem with marijuana (alcohol) is that it isn't legal for me to use it.
People don't become violent off of this drug.
It's natural and in the bible.
It's too hard to quit so I should learn to reduce it.
It doesn't matter if it is legal or not if it is causing problems.
Even if it less negative side effects it is still causing problems.
Poison Ivy is natural, I don't see you smoking that. And acoording to the bible stoning is appropriate if you talk back to me.
There are some things you can manage. Addiction you can manage your cravings etc. Using you cannot manage or go back to managing anymore.
"You went through my room I hate you!"
Teen slams the door and walks off out of the house.
"You are just a punk A** B****!"
"You are always on my case!" then punches a wall.
"We will talk about this again when you are calmed down."
Wait nearby and observe. Don't respond to the anger or violence.
In a soft voice, "You are angry and we still need to talk about this. Take a time out and cool yourself off, then we will talk."
"Take a time out then we will come back and talk about your using." After using talk about the wall. Offer to help them figure out ways to fix it.
How do we know when they are coming out of denial?
They will begin to openly acknowledge the existence of the substance abuse problem.
They will begin to accept responsibility for their choices and behaviors.
They will begin to be less defenisve and more open.
They will begin to see the connection between their life problems and usage.
They will begin to volunteer information about their usage in increasing honesty.
They will begin to deal with problems in a positive way and begin to make lifestyle changes.
Tips for Parents Trying to Confront Denial
Don't get distracted, stay on topic.
Don't be afraid of making your child unhappy, their addiction makes them unhappy because you are fighting it.
Their choices are their choices, but their choices affect you. So you have a right to talk about them.
Confront the behaviors, love the child.
Confront the lying, love the child.
Confront the dishonesty, love the child.