The Problem of IsolationAddiction not only affects your body and mind, but also hinders your emotional connections. Substance abuse may start as innocent experimentation. However, in time, it leads to more problematic issues. For example, people who use drugs or alcohol have feelings of shame and guilt surrounding their use. This leads them to isolate themselves from others. In addition, people may sometimes borrow money from loved ones for their habit and then have difficulties repaying the loan. These actions drive a wedge between you and your family. Therefore, the person doing drugs or alcohol may pull themselves away from others to protect themselves from the shame of their problem. By treating addiction with community relationships and connections, people with substance use disorder learn how to relate to others all over again. Connecting with others through group therapy and experiential activities helps you to heal the mind, body, and soul.
The Problem of NumbingSome people develop a substance use disorder because they have traumatic issues in their past. Some people who have been abused, neglected, emotionally damaged, or witnessed a traumatic event may turn to drugs or alcohol. They do so as a way to numb the feelings associated with the trauma. However, the problem they’re running from doesn’t go away just because someone hides from it. When people hide from their pain and numb themselves with substances, they also tend to avoid others. The loneliness only adds to their pain and subsequent substance use. Many people remain confused about this cycle that drives substance abuse and addiction. Learning to recognize these patterns through a trauma-informed therapy program will give you insight into the disease. By treating addiction through connection, people can break the cycle of numbing and substance abuse.
How Does Treating Addiction Through Connection Help?We are all created as social beings, which means we thrive on interpersonal relationships. When something such as drugs or alcohol breaks the bond with others, it can easily cause you to spiral even further downward. By treating addiction through connection, we revive those broken relationships and begin the journey toward a brighter future. A recovery community offers benefits for everyone involved, such as:
- Boosts your self-esteem
- Keeps loneliness away
- Takes your mind off your problems
- Strengthens your confidence as you become an asset to the community
- Makes you accountable to others through their friendship