People suffering from alcohol addiction usually have a distorted way of thinking and this leads to denial.
The fact that many people addicted to alcohol still continue to use it even after being fully aware of the negative effects has been the subject of great curiosity in addiction treatment circles. Denial is a major problem when attempting treatment and is seen as part of the alcoholism. Denial as a word isn't used as part of the diagnosis but its meaning is carried in one of the main symptoms which is drinking while being aware of the dangers.
Professionals who are treating people with alcoholism have presently begun to recognise that not all individuals who are dealing with the problem are living with similar levels of denial. Different tendencies to alter their lifestyles exist among them because there are not equally conscious of their alcohol consumption issues. It has been much easier to come up with treatment methods that work for people who are in various stages of addiction thanks to this discovery and this means that even people who are more reluctant to change still have a chance of success. Many people who are addicted to alcohol still however continue to deny that they are addicted and the denial problem is usually more severe in those who are most addicted.
Even family members might be convinced that the addict doesn't have an issue with alcohol and make up excuses for them, like they are just extremely sad, not focused, worry a lot, short tempered, clumsy, going through a rough patch, just not taking care of themself, and many more ad hoc reasons, because they are convinced by the addicts level of refusal to accept their alcoholism.
Many of the young and old adults when they reminisce their childhood days and realize that their father, mother, and other relatives suffered from severe alcohol abuse have actually been thrown into a huge chagrin. This was swept under the carpet and people refrained from discussing about it. What makes people refuse to admit they are have alcohol abuse problems to themselves and everyone else is denial that stems from the negative views and misconceptions about alcoholism that have warped society mind set about the problem. It's hoped that in the years to come less people will be coming to the realization that a certain person was an alcohol addict many years afterwards when they can no longer help since addiction treatment experts and other people have spent a lot of time recently trying to change the public's view that alcoholism only happens to people without stronger will power and trying to convince them that alcoholism is actually a disease.
Most times the addict is shielded from feeling the whole outcomes of the kind of lifestyle being lived because of the strong non-acceptance of those surrounding the addict. These people are often motivated by their love and concern for the alcohol addict and therefore, exhibit the protective behaviour but this is referred to as enabling within the medical fraternity because it gives the individual an opportunity to continue consuming alcohol and allowing this disease to progress, to increase the intensity of the symptoms and to let the consequences to become worse for all concerned parties. Enabling is another sign of alcoholism, similar to denial - one that is not shown by the addicts but by their relatives - and which is a clear part of the ailment, though it may not be listed in the criteria for diagnosis. When it comes to helping people who have an addicted loved assist the addict and comprehend their behaviour, mostly by developing the will-power to quit enabling them, specialised groups, such as Alateen and Al-Anon, have been formed to that effect. Overcoming the denial and the enabling is often the initial step toward the treatment of the alcoholic.