Moving from denial to acceptance (Part 3 of 4)

In part three of our four-part series on denial and addiction, group facilitator and case manager Adam Armstrong discussed the process of moving from denial to acceptance.

He discussed Terry Gorski’s cycle of use and abuse and addiction. “You have use, where you’re using a substance, and then you have abuse, and then you’re chemically dependent,” Armstrong said. “If you take a person through those, then you’re able to dive into where that denial lies.”

The key to moving from denial to acceptance is awareness, according to Armstrong. The key to success, he said is self-awareness. “If you’re aware of your strengths, and your weaknesses and your denial patterns. Those are the keys. And we make them aware of what those denial patterns look like.”

The biggest question that Armstrong said he receives… (continue reading)