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One of the hardest things a person can do is to look in the mirror and accept a reflection of themselves they don’t want to see. Sometimes that reflection can be painful. Sometimes it doesn’t fit into our view of who we are or who we want to be. It’s when we refuse to accept that reflection that we are creating a wall between us and reality called denial. However, following the tips listed below will help to take down that wall and live in the reality of our situation:

  • Education. Understanding the nature of addiction and how it has affected our life, as well as what a program of recovery can offer.
  • Understanding that pure willpower alone will not keep us sober. Recovery takes consistent effort and outside support.
  • Fully committing to recovery.


Denial is tricky. It’s dangerous. It has many ways of disguising itself, and it’s there only to open you up for destruction. Denial will deny it’s own existence, and thus must be stringently looked out for. However, denial isn’t unstoppable. All it takes is a little bit of honesty. Honesty with yourself, and honesty with your loved ones. When we learn to be honest with ourselves and face truths we might not want to hear, denial ceases to exist.

If you or someone you love may need help, please call our Admissions Team for more information.