The number of people who are living in denial despite facing a problem with alcoholism is quite high.
The reasons why alcohol addicts and those recovering from alcoholism have refused to give up alcohol consumption even when it is obvious that the negative effects they experience in life are directly related to their consumption of alcohol still marvel the people treating them. One big road block on the road to recovery for alcoholics is denial. When conducting a diagnosis it has been noticed that the term denial is not specifically used, but it is understood that the term underlies the primary symptom which has been classified as consuming alcohol despite the adverse consequences which are also involved.
Some individuals with alcohol addiction have more of non-acceptance than others as it is becoming clearer to experts managing their condition. Since alcohol addicts are usually in various stages of their addiction, their awareness of their addiction will also be different hence some maybe more willing to change than others. It has been much easier to come up with treatment methods that work for people who are in various stages of addiction thanks to this discovery and this means that even people who are more reluctant to change still have a chance of success. But people with alcohol dependency issues still refuse to accept that they have a problem (usually, the greater the intensity of the dependency, the more they will refuse to accept it), despite the improvements in medical care that have been made.
The power of denial within the alcohol addict can be intense, and it can also have an effect upon the family of the individual along with the most important people in his or her life. It can lead them to believe that the problem being dealt with by the individual is related to other factors, which could be weak health, bad luck, prone to accidents, depression, a tendency to be preoccupied, a main temper and countless other problems.
The realization at one point in one's life when one looks back in time, that one's parent, grandparent or a close friend that one cherished had alcohol addiction, which felt really appalling. In most cases, the matter would not have been discussed but would be covered up as an unwanted incident. The stigma which is attached to alcohol addiction and the many myths that have emerged to provide a distorted portrait of people who have dealt with alcohol addiction has contributed strongly to the denial at both the individual and the societal levels. The optimism, that at present and soon, that the level of awareness about alcohol addiction will increase and the level of denial will reduce to make individual suffering from alcohol addiction seek therapy at the point where cure will be beneficial the most and before the fatal outcome of alcohol addiction starts manifesting, is what experts and other workers who are involved in spreading the information that alcohol addiction is an illness and not just lack of strong will or poor principle.
The loved ones of the addicted individual usually shield them from coming to grips with the negative consequences of their actions because they become biased due to the person's refusal to accept it or their own struggles with alcoholism. There is persistence of alcohol consumption by the person because of this defensive action known as enabling leading to the advancement of the illness, amplification of the clinical features and deterioration of the effects. The pinpointing criteria do not include enabling like denial but enabling is a popular feature of alcohol addiction that is not shown by the addict but the people surrounding the addict. Special groups like the Al Anon and Alateen have been established to assist the people who are concerned about the alcoholics within their lives by understanding them and helping them in a major way by giving them the motivation needed to stop enabling the addict. When treating an alcoholic, helping them to get past their denial is one of the most important steps.