Dating an alcoholic liar
Remember, sometimes there is absolutely no personal gain for a pathological liar when they are telling lies.Their lies are often pointless and their inconsistencies and contradictions in their stories highlight this.
At the rate they are making it, they’re basically their own bank at this point.I could see in my client’s face and hear in his voice that he really did not want to be a compulsive liar. Lying is extremely common among people with addictions. Lies seem to serve the same purpose as the addictive substance itself – they provide an escape from difficulty and unpleasantness.At first, the addict will lie to protect his or her secrets, to get out of trouble, or to avoid criticism that might lead to feelings of shame and guilt.Even though they are similar and all three are often techniques used in addiction as defense mechanisms, the subtleties between them can help a recovering person learn about themselves, their motivations and ultimately, how to turn away from these self-destructive habits.The addictive process tends to progress from denial and outright lying toward delusion because it makes it easier to live with one’s self if the fabrications that seem to be necessary for survival feel “real.” Yet, there is always another part of the mind that knows the truth.Addiction becomes a battleground for these two opposing mental states.
Recovery happens when the truth, with all its pain and shame, is finally acknowledged, and a conscious choice is made to commit to honesty and healing versus lies and self-destruction. Lying in addiction is a defense mechanism to protect one’s self image against: Recovery is hard.
Dating someone who is a pathological liar is unhealthy and dangerous.
It can impact your ability to trust people, It can also be detrimental to any future relationships you may have.
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