The Role of Denial in Addiction

Article from Psychology Today by Shahram Heshmat PhD.

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Denial plays an important role in addiction. Addicts are notoriously prone to denial. Denial explains why drug use persists in the face of negative consequences (Pickard, 2016). Addiction cost them their job, their health, or their family. If they remain ignorant about the negative consequences of their actions, then these consequences cannot guide their decision-making.

Dr. Shahram Heshmat explains how denial alleviates addicts of anxiety.