Denial is a sincere delusion that no problem exists.
Denial exists in all alcohol and other addicted people. It is not
simply refusing to admit to a problem. People near death because
of their drinking sometimes continue to believe that they do not
have a drinking problem!
They give excuses: "You'd drink too much, too, if you had a
family like mine"; "I can't be an alcoholic, I only drink
beer!" Your friend will probably reject your advice and become
defensive or retreat into silence. Your friend will probably make
promises, and deny that a problem exists and will question your
loyalty. Don't be discouraged. It is not the real person talking,
but the alcohol-drug dependent individual whose life is out of control.
The way to dealing with denial is through being
informed and having professional guidance. Please read on to understand
the process some individuals go through in making changes.