Breaking through denial is alcoholic’s first step in recovery
Looking in the mirror and accepting what we see can be one of the hardest things we ever do. It’s especially hard when the image staring us in the face is painful or doesn’t fit with how we want to see ourselves.
Sometimes, the truth is so painful that we avoid it at any cost.
Refusing to accept a painful reality that alters the perception of ourselves is a psychological defence called denial.
As human beings, we may use denial to protect ourselves from knowledge, insight or awareness that threatens our self-esteem, mental or physical health, or security.
The term “denial” is often used in the chemical dependency field to describe people who deny substance abuse problems. “Denial is the tendency of…