Addiction can play a large part in your feeling of loneliness. Most people find that they can temporarily escape the emotional pain by turning to drugs or alcohol. If this feeling is too much for someone to cope with, they can eventually develop a substance abuse problem.
Social support plays a large role in aiding your recovery from substance abuse. You gain social support from friends, family members, and your counselors. They help to empower you to face your struggles and overcome challenges.
Social support can include:
- Resources. You can seek advice and information from someone who has been in your shoes.
- Self-worth. Realizing your self worth establishes a sense of security and eliminates your self-doubt.
- Sense of belonging. You have a network of support to help you fight off the feelings of loneliness.
Coping with Loneliness During Addiction Recovery
Loneliness is not something that can be treated with medication. Learning to manage loneliness during recovery is something you will have to develop on your own and with the help of your support network. Social support is a substantial resource on aiding in your loneliness, as are some of the following tips:
- Restore damaged relationships.
- Accept your emotions.
- Give back.
- Make the most of therapy.
- Connect with yourself.
- Try new things.
- Be a friend.
Overcoming Loneliness During Addiction Recovery
Recovery is a journey. Not everyone’s journey is the same. Not everyone will experience the same emotions as you. Please know that there are counselors and therapists out there that can help you to cope with your struggles. If you or a loved one feels the heaviness of being alone during a time like this, reach out to your support system or treatment center.