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How to Tackle Loneliness?

Everyone at some point or many points in life will feel lonely. Addicts and alcoholics are no exception. This demographic probably has the most in-depth, up close and personal experience with loneliness than anyone else. This certainly isn’t a bragging point; rather, isolation is what takes place when the disease of addiction tramples our lives and the lives of everyone around us. What we didn’t know in active addiction is that we really weren’t alone. Help and fellowship was there, we just needed to reach for it. The same goes for recovery.

Always remember that you never have to go through recovery alone. Meetings—whether it’s a 12 Step group, Smart Recovery, Refuge Recovery, etc.,—are one of your best bets for meeting people who are going through something similar. You just have to put your shoes on and get your feet there. It takes effort on your part; get to the meeting early, stay after, and introduce yourself to people. If you get phone numbers,  call them. It’s not easy but it will pay off. You can also attend meetups, group exercise classes, meditation gatherings, and you can volunteer somewhere you find interesting.

You’ve got you. You are your best friend, and taking time to connect with yourself makes time spent alone more enjoyable. Try getting in the habit of meditating, journaling, and doing soothing acts of self-care. Treating yourself well translates into self-love, and that’s something we all need to do. As Dr. Seuss puts it, “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!” Embrace your recovery and the beautiful person that you have become in sobriety.

One of the more obvious solutions to loneliness is to pick up the phone and call your loved ones. Share how you are feeling with them; someone else may be feeling the same way and having that connection is just what you both needed. We have to do things in recovery that we’ve never done before, and sometimes it gets uncomfortable. We recover together, and if you are feeling a little lonely, know that this too, shall pass.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431