You are worried about a loved one’s LSD use. You wonder if your own LSD use may be a problem. Despite concerns you find yourself able to ignore, minimize or deny the problem. You convince yourself you can handle it, that you are only hurting yourself or that it’s just a phase. This narrative of denial hides the truth of addiction. It hides reality from yourself or from a loved one even as addiction becomes a greater problem and consequences become more serious. Denial is not unusual. Psych Central explains, “Denial is a core symptom of codependency and addiction…Addicts and codependents use denial to continue addictive behavior.” Denial allows addiction to begin and to progress. It allows you to continue using LSD or to ignore the seriousness of a loved one’s struggles. It delays treatment, the first step towards a healthy and drug-free life.
What Is Denial?
Denial is predictable. All LSD users engage in some form of minimizing the seriousness of their drug use. They may pretend they are not addicted or may pretend their use isn’t a problem. Denial is sophisticated. You may have any number of explanations for drug use or the consequences of use you’ve experienced. Denial is self-generating. The more you deny addiction, the more deeply rooted this denial becomes. This isn’t a character flaw, a personal weakness or an unusual response to drug use. The American Society of Addiction Medicine explains, “In addiction there is a significant impairment in executive functioning, which manifests in problems with perception, learning, impulse control, compulsivity, and judgment. People with addiction often manifest a lower readiness to change their dysfunctional behaviors despite mounting concerns expressed by significant others in their lives; and display an apparent lack of appreciation of the magnitude of cumulative problems and complications.” Addiction changes how your brain functions. It makes it harder to recognize consequences. It makes it easier to believe you are in control of the situation or that the situation isn’t “bad enough” to need treatment. The truth is that any addiction is bad enough and will only get worse if left untreated. Treatment breaks through denial. It helps patients and their families end the thought and behavior patterns that allow drug use to continue. Treatment offers external perspective and professional support for ending denial, ending drug use and building a healthy life.
How Do You End Denial?
If you use LSD, you are engaging in behavior that is illegal and risky. If you are addicted to LSD, you need help. The situation does not change until you do more than deny reality. The situation changes when you change something about it. Psych Central continues, “All change begins with acceptance of reality. Herein lies our power. Facing facts, including those that we dislike or even abhor, opens us to new possibilities.” Treatment gives you options. It gives you a future that is more than continued denial and the horrible routine of addiction. It can even give you better health and a better life than the one that came before LSD. Treatment addresses underlying mental health issues, past trauma and more that may have contributed to early decisions to self-medicate or escape using LSD. Treatment includes nutritional counseling, physical healthcare and fun options for staying active. It helps you build a strong, supportive network of peers and professionals. Family therapy can rebuild damaged relationships. You find physical, emotional, social and spiritual health when you find recovery. There is a better way to live, and it starts with ending denial.
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