In the latest episode of Recovery ReLOVution, the focus is on denial … how to recognize and confront it. Denial is not unique to someone struggling with addiction. Recover Stakeholders also experience it. Denial is a tricky thing. It requires a “blind spot.” The show explains what it takes to recognize something that can’t be seen.
The show’s host, Dr. Gala Gorman, explains that sometimes, denial can serve a purpose. Recently, David Cassidy, former Partridge Family star, was featured in an article on Today.com. The article says, “[Cassidy] opened up […] after footage from a weekend concert showed him slurring his speech, struggling to recall the lyrics to songs that he’d been performing for decades and even falling over onstage.” Some speculated that Cassidy, who has struggled with alcoholism, was drinking again.
In this episode, listeners will learn:
- Learn when denial can serve a good purpose, and when it doesn’t
- Accept that denial happens, and determine what to do about it when encountered
- Deal with denial and prepare to make necessary changes without denial getting in the way
However, Cassidy finally opened up about his diagnosis … he’s battling dementia. The star said, “’I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.’ Cassidy felt so certain because he’d seen the devastating effects of the disease play out in his own family. ‘I feared I would end up that way.’”
As Gorman tells listeners, “Even when he started to see some signs … denial was a pretty powerful way to manage his fears so that he could keep functioning as long as he possibly could. Denial serves a purpose. Maybe he shouldn’t have continued performing to that point. But, how many months or years of performing did he still get to enjoy by holding on to his denial for as long as he possibly could? However, that is the dichotomy of denial. In a way it can serve us, but it can also allow things to escalate unabated.”
In this episode of Recovery ReLOVution, listeners will learn to change how they confront denial. Denial is not unique to someone struggling with addiction. Recovery Stakeholders also experience it. Denial requires a “blind spot.” Dealing with denial requires that we recognize something unseen.
For those interested in tuning into this show visit: RR 0014: How to Deal with Denial – What Addicts and Their Families Need to Know
In this episode, Dr. Gala Gorman challenges listeners to change how they confront denial. Recovery Stakeholders know that denial is not unique to someone struggling with addiction. Stakeholders also experience denial … not wanting to accept the reality of their loved one’s addiction. Denial is tricky. It requires a “blind spot.” So, how do we recognize something we can’t see? What if denial is actually serving a purpose? Could it be an unavoidable part of the change process? Once we see where it fits in, we’re on our way to moving through it! Rather than being frustrated by denial (the addict’s or our own), let’s dig a little deeper to understand it.