- Recognition of your patterns of denial
Most commonly it has been observed that we usually use twelve common patterns of denial.This includes avoidance, absolute denial, minimizing, rationalization, blaming, comparing, compliance, manipulating, flight into health, recovery by fear, strategic hopelessness and democratic disease state. Recognition of these patterns will help us to identify how it is escalating the problem.
- Managing denial
The exercise of identifying and then managing the recognized faults in our thoughts, actions, feeling and urges that drive us to the denial process are very helpful in the faster pace of the recovery.
- While you are thinking, stopping the denial
Next step is the testing of time. We have to test ourselves for the ability to recognize and treat our denial ourselves. This can be made possible by the self-assessmentof the cause of the problem and the consequences, both positive and negative that result from a particular problem. Keep in mind that we need to keep ourselves consciously aware when our denial is interfering in the path of recovery and how can we stop it.
- Stopping the denial while thinking about life history
A review can be made on different important events or happenings in our life, like related to the drugs. Throughout the process we can keep on thinking about earlier life events and make an effort to stop our denial as soon it appears.
- Thinking about addiction symptoms and stopping the denial
A very interesting step in the management of the denial, it helps us to examine the common symptoms experience in addiction. It involves viewing the criteria of addiction and comparing our symptoms against the criteria.This allows people to keep a check on their denial and stops it from interfering in their recovery process.
- Deciding what to do next and stopping denial
Now it’s the time for decision making. This is a very crucial step it can turn the tables. Here is the stage were you decide either to accept the existence of the problem or stay in denial which will take you nowhere. If you accept it, your life will start changing now and you will start to reason with yourself what can be done to solve this issue.It will lead to development of better problem solving skills and readiness for joining a treatment program.
- Evaluation of the denial skills learned
Assessment regarding how well you learned to manage your denial is very significant. Evaluation of self change and examination will help you a lot in terms of your denial, as it not a very easy task to master at once. But yes persistent examination can help in the recovery.
The effective management of any problem requires that you know what the problem is. You must be able to recognize and manage your own denial. You must be able to see the truth before you so that you can take effective action. Once you recognize and accept the problems then you must learn the skills necessary to solve them. There is a system for solving problems, for instance, firstly you have to identify and clarify the problem. Secondly, you must identify as many alternative solutions for the problem as possible and imagine the logical consequences of each alternative. Lastly, you have to choose the healthy decision and put that decision into action.