Addiction takes an influential hold not only on the addicted person, but on their loved ones and family members. Both the addicted person and their loved ones often fight the stigma of addiction because of the old and highly misguided faith that addiction is simply an affair of weak will or weak morality. In order for someone to get help, they have to first know about there is a problem. Sometimes it is the immense pressure from friends and family that finally moves someone to get the help they need.

Salma BasharatSalma Basharat has completed her MSC in Behavioral Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University After completing BSC in Botany, Zoology and Psychology. She did her 6 weeks internship in psychiatric ward of Benazir Bhutto hospital. Her areas of interest are mainly relationship counseling and addiction counseling. She is working with indoor as well as outdoor patients simultaneously with the aim of making difference in someone`s life and committed to the well being and restoration of her clients.

Editor: Samreen Masud


First, we didn’t know there was a problem, then we didn’t consider there was a problem, then we trim down the problem, then we believe we could handle the problem, and at times we even thought the problem had gone missing, all these are ways we stayed in various stages of denial. Denial can be passing on to as a refusal to admit the facts or reality.

  • Of the many challenges a family deals with, one of the toughest is dealing with a loved one with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. This challenge multiplies when the person suffering from the addiction is in denial about their circumstances. The first thing to do is to understand denial. This coping mechanism of addiction causes the addict to consider he or she does not have a problem. When confronting the addict, there is a good likelihood that he or she will simply reject any type of drug usage. If an individual does not believe that substance abuse is a problem for them they will be not likely to change their behavior. Even if the damage caused by the addiction is obvious to everybody else, it may not be so apparent to the addict. This is because one of the symptoms of addiction is denial.