Some Things You may Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part IV: The Six Forms of Denial

There are six ways to engage in denial.

Denial of fact

It never happened.

“I didn’t eat the cookies, Momma.”

Denial of responsibility

It was someone else’s fault.

“Jimmy made me eat the cookies,” or, “You shouldn’t have put the cookies where I could reach them.”

Denial of impact

No harm was done.

“I ate the cookies, but we have plenty left and it won’t ruin my supper.”

Denial of awareness

I didn’t realize I was doing it.

“I didn’t mean to eat the cookies.”

Denial of cycle

I don’t want to look at how it could have been prevented.

“I don’t know why I ate the cookies, it just happened.”

Denial of the need for help

I can stop on my own.

“I ate the cookies, but you don’t need to punish me, I’ll never do it again.”

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