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Is Loneliness Really Dangerous in Recovery?

Human beings are made for social connection with others. We are born into families for a reason. Friends also make up the outer circle of a person’s family and can provide lots of great insight and connection. Lack of social connections, on the other hand, is not only a source of emotional discomfort, but it has been shown to have a damaging impact on both mental and physical health. If you are in recovery from addiction,  you may be at particular risk of loneliness which can lead to relapse.

Social Support Network

Life is challenging, especially in recovery. There are groups of people who can provide support such as friends, family, work, and the community. Without support, it can be difficult to cope with life.  This network provides:

  • Physical support
  • Emotional support
  • Resources for advice and information

People who deal with loneliness usually lack in social support. This means these individuals can be at a greater disadvantage when it comes to managing day-to-day life.

The Dangers

Many risks and dangers of loneliness can occur, including:

  • Higher risk of depression
  • Turning to substance abuse
  • Relapse trigger for getting back into addiction
  • More likely to commit suicide
  • Causes increased risk of stress hormones which elevate blood pressure

Why it Happens

Those who are in recovery often seek out social support networks of sober friends. It means letting go of old friendships and relationships with people still using drugs or alcohol. Not having a social network of sober friends can lead down the slippery slope of relapse.

Fellowship in recovery helps increase chances of living life away from substance abuse. It provides important social support when things get hard and also when times are great. Finding mentors and sponsors who support the journey provides at least one person whom the individual trusts with their sober journey and feels they understand the experience and will help them cope.

The Serenity Recovery Center helps you make big decisions about where your life is headed. It starts with smaller decisions like just getting out of bed. Or calling for help when you are ready to stop living the lies addiction has told you and are ready for a different story. You do not want to miss out on the chance to reinvent your life in recovery. We are available 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964. Call now.