One of the most perplexing things to understand for loved ones of a drug addict is denial. A drug addict will deny he has a problem until he is blue in the face, and actually believe it. A drug addict is not denying in order to frustrate anyone. They actually believe that they have no problem with addiction. In fact, denial is actually a symptom of drug addiction and alcohol addiction.
A drug addict actually believes that they have control over their drug of choice. They argue that they can quit anytime they want. The fleeting moments when they do consider the possibility of addiction, they usually will convince themselves that they simply do not want to stop using the drugs. Absorbed in his own little world, he will convince himself that the problem is not him, or the drugs, but loved ones, and anyone else who tries to interfere with his drug use.
Narconon and any rehabilitation program is avidly avoided by a drug addict because although he does not believe they have a problem, the thought of giving up drugs is unfathomable to him (or her). Again, his thinking is; I don’t have a problem, I just really enjoy the drugs. One of the key components of drug rehabilitation is that the drug addict is forced to see their own behavior. He or she must admit to the damage that has been done in the family and friend units. It is never easy for anyone to admit he is wrong, but a drug addict has been in denial so long that there is usually a lot to admit to.
The big lie: “I don’t have a drug problem and I am not an addict”.
It has been the fall of countless marriages, families, friendships and even communities. It is that lie that the drug addict holds as gospel truth. It is the big lie that must somehow be shattered in order for rehabilitation to begin. The drug addict must reach a place in his consciousness where he sees his behavior as others see it.
Before there can be any substantial help for the addict, he must realize how the drug has affected not only him, but everyone around him. The big lie is what the addict’s life is built around. It is his strong-hold. As long as he believes he doesn’t have a problem and is not addicted to drugs, he is not seeing the reality of drug use. Even when and if the reality begins to seep in, he will cling to the big lie for dear life. Even in the event of an intervention, it may take some time for the big lie to actually be exposed to the addict. But, it will come.
It is important to have a good rehab center, such as Narconon, lined up so that as soon as the addict has realized he has a problem, he can be admitted right away into drug rehabilitation and change his life for the better.