using the word denial might be the best path to take during a courageous conversation as it may be a “trigger word” that is counterproductive to the goal of an honest and open conversation, Armstrong said.
“Denial is something we all use, and it’s definitely a coping skill for an addict,” he said.
Ongoing peer groups that focus on denial can also be an important resource in addressing denial, Armstrong said. “Denial is not something you just get over once,” he said. “It’s a learned behavior.”
For anyone who may sense that they’re in denial, Armstrong said to start with looking at aspects of life that seem unmanageable and honestly address those aspects. “Be honest with yourself,” Armstrong said. “And then be honest with others.”