Few people know the loneliness such as that of an alcoholic. The disease of alcoholism settles in enough to make us want to withdraw from life as we know it. With time, we are successful. We push everyone we love and who loves us away, we hide ourselves from the world, and we do our best to make ourselves as small as possible so as not to be noticed. The separation from humanity makes us feel different or apart from everyone else, and creates a physical and mental environment where drinking more is possible, and becomes our norm.
When you are in this vicious cycle, you really don’t know how to live any other way. There will never be an all-encompassing accurate description of the loneliness a person feels in active addiction. It is dark, cold, terrifying, and so far-reaching into the depths of your soul, it’s like a black hole is slowly suffocating the life out of you. You drink more to help numb the emotional pain of the disease, but even that stops working. If you try to stop, the withdrawals begin and you feel like you may have a heart attack. Without help, it’s a slow, cruel, and painful death. People who have never had their freedom taken away by alcohol or drugs will never know this depth of loneliness. Those of us who survived and are living in recovery will reach out our hand to help the alcoholic still suffering, because we know what it’s like.
Asking for help is incredibly difficult for us, but it is necessary if you want to be free. The fear we have of being around other people prevents us from getting help for ourselves, but it is other people that can help us out of our misery. Treatment is a ticket out. Not only does it impart the tools you need to live successfully in recovery, but it slowly introduces you back into the world because you will be with other people who are going through the exact same thing as you. In recovery, the loneliness you knew so well, will disappear.
If you are struggling, you are not alone. At The Lakehouse Recovery Center, we can help you. Take back your life and your right to live free from addiction. You can do this. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. Recovery is possible. Joy can be yours. Call today.