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Month: April 2017

Denial in Substance Use

CBT for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders By Cory Newman, PhD, ABPP Therapists who treat patients struggling with alcohol and other substance use problems are familiar with the problems of under-reporting, minimizing, and denial. Under-reporting means that the patient is willing to disclose that he or she partakes of alcohol and/or other substances, but does not report the full amount either because of low self-awareness, self-serving bias, shame, and/or fear of anticipated consequences (e.g., being…