Why do I Feel So Lonely?

Addiction does not discriminate.  It touches people of all ages, races, backgrounds, and social statuses.  But one thing that every addict has had in common at some point is loneliness.  The feeling of loneliness or isolation can become overwhelming and interfere with your ability to function in daily life.  Just as with depression or anxiety, loneliness has a cyclical relationship with substance abuse—we often use substances to numb our loneliness, only to end up feeling even more isolated than we did to begin with.  Substance abuse ruins careers and relationships, often leaving you without anyone to lean on in what may be the hardest time of your life. The chemical effects of substance abuse can also exacerbate your symptoms, making depressive emotions such as loneliness feel too overwhelming to tackle on your own.

When coupled with addiction, loneliness is rarely a fleeting, inconsequential emotion.  Lonely people are not only more likely to suffer from various mental health issues, but are also more likely to experience physical maladies such as high blood pressure and stroke.  Having strong social ties is necessary for our overall well-being as humans, and the loss or absence of those ties can quite literally make us sick. No matter how alone you may feel in this moment, it is important to remember that many broken relationships can be repaired, and new friendships can become even stronger than old ones.   

If you are considering seeking treatment for your addiction, know that those of us in recovery have also experienced that same loneliness.  You may have experienced feelings of isolation prior to your addiction, or you may be feeling them now as a result of your substance abuse. Either way, finding a support system among people who intimately understand addiction is one of the greatest benefits of reaching out for help.  While in recovery, you will gain the tools necessary for creating healthy, lasting relationships that will compliment a sober lifestyle.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.