With the pandemic still going strong, many people continue to find themselves social distancing and otherwise staying at home. As a result of this isolation, a number of people are fighting feelings of depression. Unfortunately, for those who struggle with substance abuse, this sense of isolation can make the struggle even harder. In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes social wellness as one of its eight dimensions of wellness.
What is Social Isolation?
It is important to differentiate between loneliness and social isolation when discussing the pandemic. To be considered socially isolated, you generally need to live alone and not participate in club or community activities. You must also have no or very little contact with friends and family.
Of course, even if you do not fit these criteria, you may still feel loneliness. This is because loneliness occurs any time you feel disconnected from others. This, in turn, can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Whether you are socially isolated or not, these feelings of loneliness can increase your risk of turning to drugs to help with coping with your feelings.
Coping with Feelings of Loneliness and Isolation
If you are feeling lonely or isolated, you can better cope with those feelings with the help of a few techniques. Some ideas that you might want to try include:
- Keeping a Journal
- Identifying Triggers
- Managing Cravings
If you need assistance with these techniques or if you are in need of an opioid treatment program, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab to learn more about our suboxone treatment program.