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The Trouble with Loneliness

In a survey by Everyday Health 3,000, women between the ages of 25 and 65 filled out an online questionnaire. Asidefrom wellness factors in the State of Women’s Wellness 2017 Special Report, such as, personal values, resources, priorities and more, one piece of data, in particular, stood out. About one-third of the respondents across all age groups were more afraid of loneliness than of a cancer diagnosis.

This was a troubling find, so the engineers of the study offered an explanation. They considered the abstract thought, that as scary as a cancer diagnosis is, there’s usually a support system that helps women through it. Loneliness, on the other hand, involves social isolation combined with feelings of sadness. They then had a sense of why that would be frightening to women. Women, for the most part are social beings, nurturers, and gather satisfaction and pleasure from relationships.

Even more surprising information from the study showed that millennial women who participated in the study were actually more likely than Gen X-ers and baby boomers to name loneliness as one of their top three fears. Forty-two percent of millennial women say they were more afraid of loneliness than a cancer diagnosis, compared to 29 percent of Gen X-ers and 27 percent of boomers.

Loneliness is a common trigger for women in recover. There are bound to be moments in recovery when you feel lonely. You could even wallow in it, role around in it for awhile. Loneliness can lead to trouble, like a slip or a relapse, so it’s your responsibility to get off the couch, make a call, see your therapist, and get to a recovery meeting. Get out your appointment book, too and make some plans with friends. The power is all yours!

You may conclude that you are really lucky to be in recovery. This can hold true even though, after treatment or having lived in a recovery home, you might go back to an empty house, apartment or condo. The fear of loneliness can be real, but with the solid recovery tools you’ve learned or will learn, comes the joy of connection. Connect with people morning, noon and night because you have the motivation to do so, and it’s called lasting sobriety.

Villa Tranquil provides women with the clinical care, compassion, and structure needed for ongoing recovery. We address issues specific to women, like concerns about loneliness. Our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida is the perfect environment for post-treatment living. Call us today for information:  (561) 294-0427