When in a group, a person can feel like they are apart of something, but mind altering substances block the ability for the true person to be an active participant.
A large percentage of addicts have underlying problems that lead them to rely on substances such as, drugs, alcohol, unhealthy relationships, etc. Social anxiety can play a huge part in why drugs and alcohol get abused. When an individual feels uncomfortable, or fears that they don’t fit in, alcohol can relax someone enough to become social.
Shame can hinder healthy relationships from forming. Shame from hiding an addiction, which then results in fear that if a person truly knew the real addict, they wouldn’t stick around. Shame can be deep within a person causing someone to have negative thoughts towards himself.
Depression can be another underlying concern that haunts recovering addicts. This can hinder strong connections between the individual struggling with addiction and the outside world. Depression can rob people of peace and vitality and make it increasingly difficult to communicate. It’s challenging for someone to reach out when they are emotionally and physically drained each day. When a recovering addict is suffering with depression, a deep hole is dug making it difficult to climb out. Hopelessness and helplessness creep in say, “What’s the point?” This is the most dangerous thought a recovering addict can have.
Finding a Solution
Getting connected gives someone a sense of belonging and a great foundation for recovery. Oftentimes, one of the greatest tools that a recovering addict can walk away with after treatment is the ability to maintain healthy relationships. Group counseling is a great place to start building lasting relationships and is often the starting point for getting back into the “mix” with other people. Being connected will benefit a recovering addict in many ways. It’s important for people struggling with addiction to have solid relationships with people who will hold them accountable, give encouragement, and be their strong shoulder.
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