Alcoholics and addicts tend to be in denial for far longer than we’d like. As a loved one of an addict, do you tend to make excuses for them? Do you lie to your family and friends about their whereabouts? Their lack of interest in their lives? Their loss of job, or money, or personal hygiene? Watch out for the temptation to cover things up. This enables the person to not feel consequences for his or her behavior. Of course, I don’t mean that you should blab all over about the situation, but be on the lookout for the temptation to cover up or make excuses. Contend with the issue openly and honestly. Have you made excuses or tried to cover up a loved ones addiction?