Is Your Addiction Keeping You Isolated?
When we are using, our lives revolve around our drug of choice. This may lead us to isolation. We may feel that we need to remove ourselves from loved ones to continue feeding our addiction. As our addiction continues to grow, we come to protect our drug use from our concerned family and friends. Our obsession with drugs builds a wall to block out everyone and everything except drugs.
An old adage says that doing drugs alone can be even more dangerous than doing them with other drug users. This has some truth to it. When we do drugs alone, we face many dangers such as:
- Increased risk of overdose
- High risk of suicide
Isolation poses a danger for recovering addicts, too. Isolation can breed feelings of loneliness or worthlessness. When we begin to feel like this, we risk falling back into our old ways. That is why recovery programs promote support from others and connecting with other people.
We may think that isolation gives us freedom and independence, but if we are left to our own devices, we can put ourselves in risk. If you are in recovery and you are spending a lot of time away from loved ones or support groups, you are putting yourself at risk of relapse. Likewise, if you are using drugs and find the need to remove yourself from everyone and everything in your life, then you are putting yourself in danger. Recovery Connection can link you with a quality drug rehab center with a knowledgeable and caring staff. Together you can break away from addiction. You won’t be alone.
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