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Denial and Enabling

Unfortunately the phenomenon of denial usually goes hand-in-hand with alcoholism. Find out about detachment with love from the alcoholic's problems and what you may have been doing to inadvertently enable the alcoholic's behavior.

Dealing With Addiction Denial
For the family, friends, employers and co-workers of alcoholics and addicts one of the most frustrating aspects to deal with is their denial, especially when it is so obvious to everyone else the person has a problem.

Denial
One of the most frustrating factors in dealing with alcoholism, as a relative, friend or professional, is it is almost always accompanied by a phenomenon known as "denial."

Detachment
For friends and family of the alcoholic, the key to serenity is finding the wisdom to know the difference between what they can and cannot change.

Enabling
From your About.com guide, many times when family and friends try to "help" alcoholics, they are actually making it easier for them to continue in the progression of the disease.

Survey: Heavy Drinkers Lie About Their Drinking
A British government survey of nearly 2,000 people found that 39 percent of people who drink more than the recommended daily levels lie about it to almost everyone.

Dry Drunk Syndrome
Unfortunately when many former drinkers go through the grieving process over the loss of their old friend, the bottle, some never get past the anger stage.

Can You Drink Nonalcoholic Beer While on Antabuse?
A visitor recently reported that her husband started drinking nonalcoholic beer while taking Antabuse. But was he really?

Millions of Americans in Denial
The 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicated that the number of Americans who could benefit from drug treatment was significantly larger than previously understood.

Controlling Anger
Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems.

Excuses Alcoholics Make
Common stereotyped addictive defenses listed by Floyd P. Garrett, M.D. of Behavior Medicine Associates.

Spirit Versus Silence
When you are forced to grow up too fast, your emotions are developed ahead of your body. You are raised on an emotional overload.

The Enablers
Enabling is taking responsibility for the destructive behavior of other people so that they do not have to deal with the consequences. Here are some examples.

Treatment Needed?
Recovery may be the growth industry of the 90's, but only 15 percent of addicted individuals will seek treatment this year.

Why is Recovery So Hard?
The principal obstacles to making use of this information is pre-existing misinformation about addiction that is usually remarkably resistant to change.

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