The desire to deny reality is very strong in those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. The act of using drugs and alcohol is clearly an act of harming if not killing the self. There is absolutely no respect or love towards oneself in that type of behavior regardless of how you think about it. In fact, drugs and alcohol are merely the instruments that one uses for self execution. This fact is undeniable.
Even in the face of reality, many individuals in recovery deny the most obvious, that they simply do not like or love themselves, that they believe that they are not good enough and as a result suffer from poor self esteem as well. Simply stated, they deny not only reality but that which if they accepted and acknowledged would begin the path of authentic recovery and transformation.
"Lets look at some of the ways we don't love ourselves. We mistreat our bodies with food, alcohol, and drugs." Louise Hay
Dr. Harry Henshaw