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Why Is Isolating So Harmful?

Posted on March 20, 2019

Why Is Isolating So Harmful?

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When living with addiction and mental health issues, many of us tend to isolate, out of the shame we feel about our addictions, because of the depression and anxiety we’re experiencing, and from our fears of being looked down upon. We don’t want people to know just how serious our problems have become. We feel it’s important to hide the truth of our addictions and mental illnesses from our loved ones, often to prevent them from worrying, and isolating ourselves enables us to do this. We conceal our pain, meaning many of us are suffering in silence, alone, without the help and support we so desperately need.

When we isolate ourselves, we’re not usually reaching out for professional help, meaning our illnesses are going undiagnosed and untreated.

This causes them to worsen over time and with inattention. Our denial, secrecy, and avoidance are actually making us even more sick. We’re struggling with worsening depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts. We’re resorting to self-harm and acting on our suicidal impulses. We’re deepening our mental and emotional pain, contending with worse racing thoughts, panic and inability to sleep. We can start to feel as though we’re losing our minds or going crazy. We can feel as though we’re headed towards a nervous breakdown. If we suffer from bipolar depression, we can find ourselves swinging between manic episodes and severe depressive crashes.

The more pain we experience, the more we isolate, making ourselves suffer even more, and needlessly.

The less we isolate ourselves, especially during the beginning, critical stages of our recovery process, the better our chances of actually healing ourselves. The more we connect with other people who can inspire and uplift us, the less vulnerable we make ourselves to suffering. The more we allow ourselves to receive the support we need, the better we feel. We can find it hard to connect with and open up to other people, especially strangers, but we can remind ourselves that the more we’re able to share ourselves and our stories, the more we heal. Resisting the urge to self-isolate, so that we can benefit from other people’s wisdom and encouragement, can be one of the best things we can do to work towards healing.

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