Saturday, October 11, 2014
Denial, Substance Abuse, and Deception
Are you fretting over your teen's possible drug use?
Do you own or are responsible for a company in which substance abuse is nothing but trouble and need to learn the truth?
Statement Analysis is key.
Someone recently quipped, Denial? Yeah, "D E N I A L" means "Don't Even Know I Am Lying", which, at times, certainly seems like a correct statement.
One who's brain has worked diligently at protecting itself from the truth has done so, little by little.
Rarely will someone wake up one day and say, "I am a drug addict. I need help."
This is why interventions are often used, as someone is confronted, often not with proof of drug abuse, but the evidence of drug abuse.
The drug user often thinks that if no one sees her take pills, she didn't take pills. This goes on, in some cases, for years.
The family does not always see the results of such because they are too close to the scene, and the changes in the personality, are often so slow that it takes someone from the outside to say, "Wow! She has got a major drug problem here!"
In an intervention, those present may not be able to say that they saw the subject using, but can say, "I have seen the evidence of drug abuse.
What does the evidence look like?
In a recent case of a talented and successful businesswoman, the signs, over the past few years, were so subtle that family was left behind the curve.
Hey, every body misses appointments sometimes.
Lots of missed appointments, which add up to a strong signal: Neglect.
Drugs and Neglect are first cousins.
The Neglect can be anything from neglect of children, neglect of a spouse, neglect of business, and neglect of self. This is especially true for someone who is normally quite responsible.
Erratic Behavior Inconsistent, illogical, followed by times of lucid thought. Giving orders one day, retracting them the next, yet still demanding why they were not followed on the third day.
Mood Swings. This is something that really impacts office morale, especially if the addict or drug user is a supervisor, manager, or in upper management. It can become downright abusive and hostile as the mood changes due to changes of the drug content in the bloodstream.
Forgetfulness Some drugs actually sharpen memory. People snort ADHD to get a mental rush, but what happens later, when it all comes crashing down? The language crashes ("joneses") just as the body does.
These, taken by themselves, do not suggest drug abuse, but when taken together, especially from a normally successful person, they can point to drug abuse.
Linguistically, Statement Analysis gets to the truth.
The interview must be conducted very carefully.
In an employee employer relationship, as employer, are you prepared to pay for drug treatment? Does your company have a drug testing policy? If so, you may have to have a program of professional assistance and depending upon the drug abuser's drug of choice, length of use, and other personal attributes, could cost you, the employer, up to $60,000 and more, for treatment.
You must be careful.
If you listen to the subject (hopefully you have taken statements and have been trained in Analytical Interviewing), you will have learned that those in denial are not exempt from the princples of Statement Analysis, in particular, of the Reliable Denial.
1. Know your company's internal policies
2. Get training in Statement Analysis and Analytical Interviewing. Know what is a legally sound question and what to stay away from.
Learn to ask the right questions to screen out potential substance abusers from gaining employment in your company, and stop the trouble before trouble enters the front door.
Q. What can you tell me about substance abuse in our office?
A. Who, me? I've never, I mean, I, I never even know what drugs look like. Why would you ask me? This is ridiculous. This is persecution. You better be asking everyone else here, too. I know my rights. I took piss tests. They never found nothing. I am so sick of it. I, I, I am always being targeted. You're gonna stand here and accuse me?"
Statement Analysis gets to the truth. How many principles can you identify in the one statement above? Name them in the comments section.
Get your company trained.
To learn more, contact Peter Hyatt at PHyatt1962@gmail.com for training.