This exercises describes twelve common denial patterns that people tend to use to deny that they have serious problems with alcohol or other drugs. You will be asked to review a denial pattern check-list that explains these denial patterns and to select and personalize the three denial patterns that you tend to use most often.
Exercise 3-1: Reviewing The Denial Pattern Checklist
Go to the Denial
Pattern Checklist and read it.
Select the denial patterns that apply to you and write each one down on a separate sheet of paper. Be sure to copy both the tile and the description exactly as it is written on the checklist.
Write a personal title and description for each denial pattern. The title needs to be a word or short phrase that captures what that denial pattern means to you in your own words. It should be simple and easy to remember.
The description needs to be a single sentence that uses the following format: I know I am using this denial pattern when I start thinking __________, start feeling __________, and start doing __________.
It is important to be able to identify the exact words that go through your mind, the exact feelings you are experiencing, and exactly what you have an urge to do or start to do when you are using this warning sign. The more concrete and specific this statement is, the easier it will be to complete the following exercises.
If you have trouble identifying the feelings that you experience you can use the Feeling Checklist.