8 Tips on Coping with Loneliness after Treatment
If you’ve completed drug and alcohol treatment or rehab and you’re feeling a bit bereft and abandoned, don’t ignore your feelings and don’t wait for loneliness to resolve on its own.
Instead of sinking into negativity, take the bull by the horns and step out into the world. How you do that is up to you, but the following suggestions may help:
- Keep in mind that it isn’t necessary to have a huge group of friends. Make it a goal to build a few quality relationships with dependable, caring people.
- It’s always helpful if some of those people are have been in recovery, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.
- Take time to grieve after giving up drugs or alcohol. You may feel like you’ve lost your greatest friend, but remember, that “friend” was one-sided and destructive.
- It’s okay to turn to the social world of the Internet for connection with others. Look for groups of like-minded people on Facebook or other forums. You’ll discover a number of positive, supportive avenues to connect with others in recovery.
- Try something new. Join a club. Take a class. Pick up a new hobby. Join a Meetup group.
- Volunteering to help others is a great way to meet new people, and you’ll have the satisfaction of making a real difference in the lives of others.
- If you’re in a position to take on a bit of responsibility, consider getting a pet. Cats and dogs are great companions.
- Don’t forget to spend time with supportive family members and old (sober) friends. If necessary, offer apologies to those you’ve wronged.