Challenges for Introverts In Addiction Recovery

Challenges for Introverts In Addiction Recovery
The addiction recovery process is a significant challenge for everyone. Letting go of alcohol dependency and regaining control over one’s life is an incredible feat that doesn’t come easy. However, some people may find the process even more difficult simply because of their personality characteristics. Researchers have found that introverts are more likely to struggle with negative thought patterns and more likely to develop alcohol dependency during their lifetime. Here are three of the most common issues that introverts experience when it comes to addiction and recovery.

Introverts Easily Fall Into Negative Thought Patterns

By definition, introverts enjoy alone time. They feel like social interactions drain their energy and need some time alone to balance their emotions. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with socializing as much or as little as one desires. However, as introverts tend to spend a lot of time by themselves and thinking their lives through, they may get stuck in negative thought patterns without having any outside input to counteract them. This tendency is typically exacerbated by alcohol addiction, as many introverts find it impossible to think their way out of their cravings, leading to hopelessness and despair. These challenges can be counteracted by helping introverts to externalize their negative feelings rather than holding things in.

Introverts Often Use Alcohol to Socialize

As introverts often struggle with social anxiety, they may be prone to using alcohol to help them deal with social situations. They may feel that drinking makes it easier to speak their mind, connect with others, and enjoy themselves. For some, alcohol is a way to temporarily avoid dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that social interactions invoke. Once they go into recovery, introverted people often feel like they have no way of working through these emotions, and socializing may feel unbearable to deal with. They might start to isolate themselves or feel like they can’t maintain a social life once they’ve recovered. These feelings are common and completely normal. A professional recovery program will be able to help introverts manage their feelings and develop the skills to manage and enjoy social situations without alcohol

Introverts May Struggle with Popular Addiction Treatment Methods

As introverts are often so protective of their alone time, they may be anxious about starting a treatment program. For example, they might worry that group therapy may trigger their social anxiety, or they may be too shy to get involved in social activities. Luckily, in most cases, these fears turn out to be unfounded. Introverts often do great in recovery, as they naturally excel in being self-reflective and taking account of their internal lives. They’re often able to overcome their shyness which improves their self-confidence.

Are You Ready to Make a Change?

At Hickory Treatment Centers, we welcome introverts and extroverts with science-based clinical treatment. We tailor our approach to our service users’ unique needs so that our treatments can be as effective as possible. Introverted or not, we can create a custom treatment plan that works for you and support you along the way with any challenges you encounter. Please get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss your options and any potential concerns you might have.

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If you have tried to stop using alcohol or drugs on your own, you may feel that sobriety and clean living seem far away. However, with the help of caring staff members and a safe, structured environment, you can receive the guidance you need to fight cravings and regain control of your life.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our admission staff or learn more about our healing programs.