Why Connecting With Others Is Vital to Overcoming Addiction

One of the toxic side effects of alcohol and drug addiction is it feeds into the feeling that everything is hopeless and we’re all alone in this world. That overwhelming sense of isolation often makes reaching out for help to overcome a substance use disorder that much harder.

Worse, addiction messes with your body and mind and often drives you to push away close friends and family. The shame and guilt caused by drinking and drugs only intensifies this isolating drift, making it a vicious cycle that feels insurmountable at times.

But once you decide you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and want to detox and enter inpatient or outpatient treatment at a center like The Mend, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and become part of a vibrant community. These new friends you grow close to will help you reconnect with yourself so you can finally thrive.

And we consider all our residents to be lifelong members of The Mend family. While here, vibing with staff and others through group therapy and other activities helps in the recovery process by allowing you to focus on something besides your own problems and loneliness. This sense of closeness forces you to hold yourself accountable to others but it also boosts your confidence and self-esteem.

Once you leave the center to live a life free from substances, you can continue to connect to The Mend and our alumni through planned events and social outings, among other resources.

To learn more about The Mend’s detox, inpatient and outpatient programs, contact one of our care coordinators.

And if you’re still not sure whether it’s time to detox or go to rehab, take our 10-question quiz HERE.