How Does Hydrocodone Addiction Denial End?

How Does Hydrocodone Addiction Denial End?

The first step in addressing any problem is recognizing that it exists. Unfortunately, the recognition that someone has become addicted to hydrocodone is often slow to arrive. Denial is a hallmark of addiction and is difficult to overcome. Denial occurs for many reasons. The stigma and embarrassment that are sometimes associated with hydrocodone abuse may play a part. In addition, no one likes to feel that they have lost control of any area of their life. Denial may also arise from fear. People addicted to hydrocodone may fear giving up their drug and feel that they would be unable to function without it. To avoid facing the difficulties associated with recovery, it is sometimes easier to deny that there is a problem to be faced.

Common Signs of Hydrocodone Addiction Denial

Denial can manifest itself in many ways. Some of the common forms of denial include the following:

  • Minimizing the problem by denying the amount of hydrocodone consumed, declaring that it isn’t as much as others take or stating it isn’t enough to be a real concern
  • Projecting the problem on others by stating that the real problem lies with family or friends who have unreasonable expectations or want to control the user’s life
  • Suppressing and forgetting facts about hydrocodone abuse and related consequences that don’t fit the user’s view of reality
  • Rationalizing use by stating that drug use is related to stresses caused by circumstances and that if the circumstances changed, the drug use would end

What Family and Friends Can Do to Help End Denial

Although family and friends of those addicted to hydrocodone can’t end denial for their loved ones, there are actions they can take to help the process of awareness. One important thing that those close to hydrocodone users can do is to refuse to protect them from the consequences of their addiction. No one should allow an addict to physically hurt themselves or others, so common sense must be used in deciding how and when to step into a situation.

Planned formal interventions are an increasingly popular way to address denial about hydrocodone addiction. Although interventions can take different forms, they generally consist of family and friends writing letters to their addicted loved ones. These letters are read aloud. At the end of the process the person who is the focus of the intervention is asked to make a decision about attending a prearranged addiction treatment program. It is important that the tone of the intervention be one of caring, love and concern. If the tone is accusatory, it may prompt defense mechanisms and further denial.

Let Us Help You Find Treatment for Hydrocodone Addiction

Denying a hydrocodone addiction does not negate its consequences. If you think you or a loved one may be addicted to hydrocodone, call our helpline and let us talk with you about the issue and potential solutions. All calls are free and confidential, so you risk nothing by calling. Call us now, and learn how you can begin recovery today.