Denial Worksheet Substance Abuse

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What is the theory behind this Denial Worksheet Substance Abuse (PDF)?

Denial is a defense mechanism that has many forms, each of which unconsciously helps an individual maintain their addiction and also hinder chances of recovery. It is important for recovering addicts to understand the state of their condition and the harmful consequences of their behaviour as a necessary step toward full recovery. Being in a state of denial prevents that.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will provide information about denial and its many types with the aim that clients seeking help for their substance abuse issues can recognize their own denial patterns. Knowing what denial is and what it looks like is the first step towards recognizing it in one;s own behaviour. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct the client to read through what denial is and its common types before writing down which types seem familiar in their own thought processes and behaviours. Tell them to think long and hard to evaluate their own denial pattern. Tell them to also write down any questions they have about it at the end of the worksheet.  

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