The majority of people will be in denial at some point in their lives. It could be that they quite simply do not want to admit something or else be faced with the truth of a certain situation. It is not uncommon for these individuals to ignore the situation they face completely. A prime example of this situation is for someone who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer; the affected person will choose to pretend it is not happening instead of trying to deal with the harsh reality.

In a similar vein, those battling alcoholism or a drug addiction have the same mindset and will just refuse to accept the situation they are in.

For someone who is not in any of these situations, the very thought of putting their issues aside and not facing up to them is an absurd notion. But how can anyone judge another on something that they have never experienced themselves?

What Causes an Individual to Deny His/Her Issues?

The sad but real truth is that some people feel the need to deny their problems simply to protect themselves. Facing up to these problems means that the individual could eventually stumble across the harrowing truth, which is something they do not want to happen.

Those battling addiction may not want to admit their problem because of a number of reasons:

  • They may be ‘forced’ to give up their habit
  • They may find it extremely difficult to quit
  • They may not actually want to give it up.

So even though someone fighting an illness such as cancer may be in denial because he or she is terrified of not being able to overcome their illness, he/she could also be scared because of not knowing what the treatment will entail or how it will affect them.

Blaming Others

Those who are battling an addiction usually find it easy to pass the blame on to others. In a lot of cases, affected individuals will blame another person or their job, for example, and use this as an excuse for their current addiction plight. However, it is no one else’s fault that a person has developed an addiction; if there is any blame at all to apportion, then it would be to the individual him/herself.

Understandably, with an addiction, it is not as simple as just quitting and that’s that.  There is a lot more to the conundrum, and the journey will be long and strenuous. Nevertheless, once the individual accepts his/her problem, he/she can begin to move forward.

Traumatic Experiences

A significant reason that pushes people towards drug and alcohol abuse is previous or recent traumatic experiences. It is easier for some individuals to block out all of the negative thoughts and memories rather than embrace them, and a way that many do this is by abusing drugs or alcohol.

Many substances, especially opiate drugs, release chemicals into the brain that have an effect of numbing pain, producing feelings of relaxation and euphoria. This is one of the main reasons people turn to these drugs for comfort. Nonetheless, after these feelings of pleasure comes adverse side-effects of the come-down, which can often include drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. To avoid these negative effects, many people continue using their drug of choice, believing they can keep producing the euphoric sensation. Nevertheless, this can lead to tolerance to the substance in question and eventually an addiction that would require extensive treatment to overcome.

Help and Support

There is a whole host of reasons a person will turn to drugs or alcohol. And there is a whole host of reasons the affected individual would choose to ignore the issue. Somewhere down the line, the person will eventually acknowledge their problems, which will hopefully encourage him or her to seek out treatment and then start on a road to recovery.