1. Avoidance (“I’ll talk about anything but the problem!”) – Addicts avoid being cornered about their behavior, their activities, and their feelings. Diversion is when the addict shifts attention from self onto the misbehavior of others. By shifting the focus of attention, the addict is temporarily “safe.” Making someone feel guilty is one of the most common diversion tactics.
2. Absolute Denial (“No, not me!”) – This situation occurs when the user, abuser, addict refuses to see the truth even though that truth is plain to everyone else. This denial is not the same as straight out lying, because the individual actually believes s/he is correct and that everyone else is mixed up.
3. Minimizing (“It’s Not That Bad!”) – Minimizing is a form of denying a problem in that the individual will admit to a problem, but discounts its seriousness. E.g. :“I drink, but I don’t do drugs.” Or “I use drugs, but I get up and go to work every day, so I don’t have problem.”