Addiction and denialism
WebMD indicates about addiction and denialism:
|“|| An important first step in addressing addiction is to recognize and accept how alcohol and substance use is impacting your life. But if you’re in denial about whether your alcohol and substance use is actually unhealthy and causing you problems, it can prevent you from getting help...
Denial is when someone ignores, downplays, or distorts reality. You may use denial as a way to protect yourself from having to see, deal with, or accept the truth about what’s happening in your life.
People who overuse alcohol and drugs tend to have a hard time dealing with their emotions. You may rely on alcohol and drugs to help you escape from your feelings. Denial is another way to ignore problems.
When someone with a substance use or alcohol use disorder is in denial, it doesn’t mean they can’t see the way they’re using alcohol and drugs. They may instead see the drugs and alcohol as an escape from their problems.
...staying in denial is harmful because it prevents you from seeking help or addressing a situation.
Addiction can be a never-ending cycle because addictive substances are both the comfort and the problem for the person who is addicted to them.
In most cases, someone who relies on alcohol and drugs will continue to be in denial about their addiction until their problems become impossible to ignore. This could happen in the form of an overdose or other major health event, legal trouble, or relationship strain or loss.
Conservative/Christian values and overcoming addiction and denialism
Conservative/Christian values are an excellent way to combat the denialism associated with addiction. In order to solve an addiction problem, one must admit one has a problem. Jesus said, "...the truth will set one free." (John 8:32).
Most addictions have mental and emotional components. Beware that repetitious addiction, such as smoking, alcoholism, gambling, or substance abuse which change brain functions. Christian faith is the easiest way to overcome every addiction and studying the Bible is a terrific alternative to any addictive conduct.