This is certainly very true:
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
— Philip K. Dick, novelist
I’m always amazed at the people who live their lives in the world of denial. Denying things doesn’t make them disappear. It doesn’t make them easier, either. Growing up in an alcoholic family, I know this all too well. This is one of the patterns of alcoholism in a family. Someone acts as the enabler, and that person is usually very much in denial about what’s happening in their family.
Dealing with your problems head on is the only way to get a handle on them. It’s the only way to get past them, too.