One of the hardest things for an addict to do is to accept the fact that they are addicted. The reason for this is, people often perceive addiction as a disease which leaves a stigma on you. So, when you are found out to be addicted, they would prefer to keep their distance from you, instead of relating with you.
People who often do this cannot be entirely blamed, it is the way the world is structured, and it is the pattern they met. So, this is why an addict would prefer to wallow in their addiction in silence, than open up to anybody not even family members and friends. To them, no one can entirely be trusted.
In the addiction treatment process, one of the best ways to fight off addiction, is to help the individual acknowledge it. The reason for this is, the acknowledgement helps to prepare the individual mentally for the entire addiction treatment process.
Moreso, during the period of counseling which is the first step in addiction treatment, acknowledging the addiction problem makes things easier for the counselor.
First off, the counselor would need to take an assessment of the entire situation and this is made effortless when the addict acknowledges his or her addiction.
Next, for the addict to understand the root cause of his or her addiction, he or she needs to accept that they have an addiction problem. If they are unable to do this, it would stall the entire process of addiction treatment.
Most times, it is difficult for the addict to accept this fact that is why they need help. And it is difficult to tell if someone is addicted unless you are very observant.
There are various warning signs that would let you know if someone is addicted. One of such is the way they place importance on trivial things and leave out the necessary ones. Moreso, they will barely have time for important people around them, because they will be buried away doing something else.
All these signs and more helps you to spot an addicted individual, and also encourage them to accept their addiction problem.