One of the issues associated with substance abuse involves isolation. People who isolate themselves tend to go deeper into the addiction. Just meeting with like-minded people who are dealing with similar issues can help you feel less alone. One of the hardest things for any person to deal with is the feeling that there is no one to support you. When you add a substance abuse problem to this issue, the recovery can seem insurmountable.
It’s difficult for anyone to overcome their urges but for an addicted person with no support group, the process can seem unbearable. Surrounding yourself with people who are going through the same process can be motivating. Those who have successfully overcome their substance abuse problem can serve as motivation while those who are going through the process can serve as a form of emotional support. Groups in addiction rehab provide the support and encouragement needed for those who otherwise have no support system.
Interaction with other people who are going through the same process makes it possible to support each other and provide encouragement. People dealing with a substance abuse problem don’t always have family or friends to help them along the way. Even those people who have family and friends may end up feeling like a burden. Expecting those who have never experienced your pain to understand what you’re going through can result in your support network withdrawing somewhat. By attending group therapy, you can get in contact with people who know what you’re going through first-hand and understand how hard the process can be. Empathy and support are critical to getting a full recovery.
Emotional Pain and Physical Pain
A drug addiction can be both emotionally and physically painful. While many people understand intermittent emotional pain, few understand how much the impassioned disease takes a toll on your daily activities.
Anyone can hold their hands out in front of them for 30 seconds. Hold them out in front of you for an hour, and you’ll find it’s nearly impossible. Emotional pain works like that for a person with substance abuse. A healthy functioning person gets to put their emotional distress away every once in awhile; the substance abuse afflicted individual may deal with the pain continuously. Your support network can help you hold your arms and keep you working towards recovery.
There is also plenty of physical pain with which to deal. When you begin to withdraw from drugs, you’ll start to experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are the exact opposite of the pleasurable effect you were used to experiencing. The side effects can be unpleasant, and you’ll need a team that can help you and encourages you to continue your fight for recovery.