Useful definitions in addiction recovery: “D”
Defenses, Psychological: Psychological protection to cope with and reduce anxiety. There are various types of defenses, primarily unconscious. The most common is denial.
Defensive, Defended: Using one of many defenses as protection against change, criticism, vulnerability, or mental-emotional attack. Defenses can be used counterproductive.
Denial: A defense; the refusal to accept the truth, even in spite of feedback from people you trust.
Detoxification, Detox: The period of physical withdrawal from a substance.
Diagnose: The process of identifying and labeling the cause of a condition or situation.
DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders): The psychiatric insurance bible for diagnosing mental illness; current version is DSM-V.
Dual Diagnosis: A diagnosis wherein one has an addiction and a psychological-psychiatric condition.
Dysfunctional Family: A family’s very ineffective way of interacting with each other and the world.