DENIAL & THE MOMENT OF CLARITY
DENIAL & THE MOMENT OF CLARITY LIVING LIFE as a MASTERPIECE SERIES
by Joey Supina
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center
Denial is one of the hallmarks of addiction and it is the first and great stumbling block for those who need Recovery. Denial is a misplaced survival skill that the alcoholic/addict employs to ease the pain that the truth would expose about their substance use problem. The guilt and shame that accompanies the addict/alcoholic’s corrupted life is so unbearable to view realistically that they lie to themselves relentlessly and seek the comfort and refuge that denial offers. The Walls of Denial are constructed to protect the addict/alcoholic from really seeing themselves for whom they have become, at the cost of their own salvation they will blame everyone and everything in their life as their problem and not themselves. The pain and remorse that the truth would reveal is so profound and overwhelming that the addict/alcoholic will do everything in their power to keep the Walls of Denial intact. If the walls remain intact and unassailable the outcome is bleak.
Yet, as it is with the darkest of nights there must come the dawn. The dawning in the case of the addict/alcoholic is that Moment of Clarity. The Moment of Clarity is the truth that the addict/alcoholic can no longer avoid. The unvarnished truth shines through the cracks in the Wall of Denial and exposes the addict/alcoholic suddenly and with a clarity to what has been up until that moment obscured. The awful shape their lives are in can no longer be denied. It is at this propitious moment that a Recovery can begin.
It is in that Moment of Clarity that suggests that the life that the addict/alcoholic is now living needs to be changed. It is in that brief Moment of Clarity that the opportunity for Recovery that we, as a community, must be prepared to offer the help that will be needed to foster and secure the Recovery that the addict/alcoholic may seek.
With this in mind I wish for the reader to join us this coming June 20th at Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center, 138 E. Market St., from 7 to 8:30pm where there will be an interactive presentation that confronts the bias and stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders. This will be a public forum presented by the Mental Health Recovery Board of Erie & Ottawa Counties with Dr. Kirk Halliday of the MHRB, Sheriff Sigsworth of Erie and Sheriff Levorchickof Ottawa Counties speaking and taking questions. Included in this interactive conversation will be University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s Director of Mood Disorders Program Joseph Calabrese MD and myself, Joey Supina. This will be a great opportunity for the public to ask questions regarding substance use disorders and mental health challenges.