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How Isolation Affects Recovery

Isolation can be detrimental to your recovery, causing urges and potential relapse. If you have read about or created your own relapse prevention plan, you will commonly find that one of the tips is to be around others. This is because isolation can cause you to feel anxious, depressed, and hopeless in your sobriety. Isolation can cause you to run the risk of relapsing without you even noticing. It can begin slowly as you become less social, withdrawing from friends, family, and activities you usually partake in. Ensuring you do not fall into the trap of isolation can help you maintain your sobriety and avoid relapse. 

The Danger of Isolation

For those recovering from addiction, social interaction is crucial to maintaining sobriety. This is because social interactions cause you to be exposed to different scenarios, experiences, and environments. Your view of the world is continually changing because you engage with other people. Without this, you risk believing you are stuck in one space because you are trapped within your own mind. You have no new perspectives coming your way, so your view of the world becomes the only one you are exposed to. This is dangerous to your recovery because it can be hard to shake this feeling without social interaction. This is why socializing is encouraged when you are healing. 

Importance of External Support

Anyone who has gone through addiction treatment and been sober for years will tell you how important community is. This is why support groups have such a high success rate. They encourage community and deep bonds to be formed as shared stories and encouragements are given. Having the support of others allows you to heal without judgment. By surrounding yourself with the right people, you can stay sober without worry. Communities formed at support groups and treatment centers also give the person healing a group of sober individuals that will be there to guide them and encourage them through their recovery. 


Isolation in recovery is a slippery slope leading to feelings of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. This is why isolation is a common trigger for relapse. Too much time alone can cause your world to become only as big as your mind, with no outside perspectives or opinions to challenge your thoughts. Social interactions cause you to be in a dynamic environment full of different ideas, views, and ways to heal. This way, if you are caught in a destructive cycle of thoughts, someone can help stop it and bring you back to a healthy space in your healing. Consider joining a support group if you find yourself isolating. External support will have you forming deep bonds with others and building a sober network. We hope the women at our facility will have their network to aid in their recovery. Contact Villa Tranquil for more information at 214-799-3080