Social Rejection and Addiction

Social Rejection and AddictionThe need to belong is one of the most elemental and foundational needs of every human being. Belonging provides a person with comfort, encouragement, identity, and community. From infancy and childhood straight through to old-age, people need each other.

When an individual lacks healthy social connectivity he will likely experience a wide range of negative psychological repercussions, including the following:

  • Desperate and reckless behavior
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Tolerating dehumanizing or humiliating treatment at the hands of others
  • Lack of motivation to engage in life
  • Personality disorders
  • Self-medication through drug or alcohol abuse

Humans are pack animals, not loners. When rejected from social groups people decline in mental and physical health. “Virtual” elements of community, such as television, computers, or pornography are poor substitutes for real connections with others.

Treating Addiction in the Socially Rejected

The individual that becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol as a result of a social rejection disorder requires specialized treatment. In addition to the obvious substance abuse disorder, he must receive comprehensive and fully integrated mental health support. This type of Dual Diagnosis treatment often involves the following therapeutic elements:

  • Private and confidential counseling
  • A full and careful diagnosis of overall mental health
  • Support group sessions
  • Education about the effects of social rejection
  • Coaching and skill development related to coping with distress and connecting with others
  • Meditation, yoga, and other self-realization and relaxation exercises
  • Opportunities to serve others
  • Team-building and boundary-making exercises
  • Preparation for continued recovery after residential treatment

The very atmosphere and environment of many of the best treatment programs is enough to establish a critical sense of belonging and community in a rejected person. Many form life-long friendships in rehab and learn important skills about being a good friend and preventing future rejection. Some find healthy ways to re-connect with previously distant family members. One of the most important elements of the process, though, is that each individual learns to respect himself and to take the necessary steps to prevent future rejection.

24 Hour Addiction Helpline

If you feel that you have suffered from social rejection and are looking for a community of people that will value and respect you as you overcome addiction please call our toll-free helpline today. If you are concerned about a friend or loved one, we can help you as well. Our admissions coordinators are ready any time of day or night to answer your questions and to connect you with a program that will truly help you come alive. Don’t suffer one more day of pain, loneliness, and addiction. We’re here for you. Call now.

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