During the latter days of my problem drinking I started isolating myself and became what is termed as a ‘reclusive alcoholic’, not a term I admire, but then being a alcoholic, or problem drinker, is not something to be admired, (I must add nor is it something that I, and anyone suffering, ever aspired to. It certainly wasn’t an answer I gave when asked as a child “what do you want to be when you grow up”?).
Suffering from depression, self-medicating, and then eventually isolating myself meant that my lack of trust in others, suicidal thoughts and feelings of paranoia increased.
In my 6th year of sobriety, I can now recognise the pattern of pushing those who were close to me away. I believed that they didn’t understand me, and I certainly didn’t want them questioning me about my drinking habits or reprimanding me.
A lot of people who suffer from alcoholism, addiction, problem drinking etc experience intense feelings of loneliness and isolation whereby our current national necessity of isolation can be extremely damaging.
Isolation to those in recovery should ring alarm bells. By being isolated and at times, becoming reclusive, can potentially lead to relapse.
Isolation for an alcoholic can have fatal consequences. Currently, it is even more important to keep in contact with people via telephone or other social media means. Reaching out to someone can truly help.