As you work on recovering from an alcohol addiction, you may find yourself spending more time alone. You’ve stopped hanging out with the people you used to drink with, and maybe you’ve not yet reconnected with other friends and family who had been alienated by your drinking. For those who have recently completed or are in alcohol rehab in Sacramento, we like to point out that spending time on your own doesn’t have to feel isolating.
Alone but Not Lonely
While it may not seem like it at first, having some time alone is actually a luxury in today’s world. Here are some things to keep in mind about solitude:
- There is nothing wrong with being alone. It may be something you’re not used to, but with time, you’ll discover that there are some definite benefits of have more “me time.” And having some time when you don’t have to put your recovery successes or setbacks on display can be very good thing.
- Being alone and being lonely are two different things. It’s unfortunate that the two words sound so much alike! Being alone simply means there are not others around you; being lonely means you wish there were. If you choose to experience some solo time, it’s up to you how you want to frame it.
- Nobody is judging you (and so what if they did?). The fact that you are keenly aware of being alone doesn’t mean that others are. And if anyone does notice, they are likely wishing they had a little bit of time on their own.
- Solitude makes you appreciate human interaction. If you’re like most people, spending more time alone makes the personal interactions you do have more enjoyable.
- You’re not alone in being alone. At first it may feel like you’re the only one on the planet who isn’t with someone when you’re alone. But the truth is that at any given moment there are millions (if not billions) of people around the world who are enjoying some alone time.
- There is not always strength in numbers. Sometimes people in groups fall victim to “groupthink.” When you’re on your own, it is often easier to find mental and emotional clarity.
Here for You When You Need Us
At our alcohol rehab in Sacramento, we have programs that can put you on the path to healing and help you feel at peace wherever you are and whether or not you’re with others. Contact us today to learn more about our services.