Reconnecting with society is tough, but when you’re working on overcoming an addiction, it might be one of the most important things you choose to do. The thing is, it’s hard. Addiction treatment experts feel that taking the step to connect with others again can be extremely powerful.
So, what are the benefits, and how can you make reconnecting with society easier than it seems right now?
First, Why It’s Good For You
Before you can get started or feel good about what you’re about to do, you need to know why you should be doing it in the first place. So, consider all the benefits of reconnecting with society.
- Feeling connected. Hence the term reconnecting. When you feel connected, you’re less likely to feel like an outsider than you did while you were actively using or drinking, and this alone can help to keep you from relapsing.
- Less loneliness. People who struggle with addictions are lonely. They often feel like they have nobody they can turn to, so when you’re connected with others, you’re going to feel like you have people that you can count on and who have your back no matter what.
- Greater health. Believe it or not, people who have connections tend to be healthier than those who do not. When you have people that care about you and that you care about, you not only take better measures to stay healthy, but you are also more likely to seek healthcare should you need it.
- A sense of peace. Here’s another cool thing about reconnecting with society. You might actually find that your anxiety levels go down. Why? Because you’re interacting, and have people that you can talk to when the tough stuff comes up. Sometimes, all we need is to talk about what’s troubling us to help us see that it’s not so bad after all.
How to Get Started
Don’t think that reconnecting with society has to do with doing great big helpful things right now. Instead, break your connections into smaller, more doable steps:
- Start with your recovery group. You know, the ones you’re in therapy with? Build a small community of friends and mentors there. You know that they know where you’re coming from, and when it comes to building lasting friendships, there is nothing like choosing others who know what’s going on in your life.
- Work up to your family. Families can be tough, but they are usually some of the most forgiving. So, work up to them, and don’t expect miracles. You’ll get there, but it might take time.
- Be patient. You should also be patient. Take heart in the little connections, like an honest smile or a good chat for now, and let those things grow.
Most of all, don’t get daunted, or try to take on things you’re not ready for. Reconnecting with society takes time, but when you do it right, you might find that it’s the very best thing you can do for your recovery journey.