Social anxiety and isolation can often contribute to substance use disorders. Someone with a social anxiety disorder or SAD may have problems doing everyday things that others take for granted. If you have this mental health condition, you may find it painful to meet strangers, eat a meal, or speak up in a meeting. This fear often stems from the dread of being judged. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Osawatomie, Kansas, our dual diagnosis treatment program addresses your mental health and substance use disorders.
Fear of Social Comparison
If you have a social anxiety disorder, you may internalize negative judgments even if no one says anything negative to you. You may see yourself as undesirable, and this can eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you are visually anxious, other people may have a difficult time relating to you. Nervousness is contagious, and when others avoid you, it can reinforce your feelings of low self-esteem. Unfortunately, this can also lead to feelings of chronic depression and hopelessness.
Do you ever imagine that you might make a mistake that will make others dislike you if you speak up? This fear is a common thought pattern for people with SAD. In order to overcome your anxieties, you need the help of caring and compassionate therapists. Our staff members specialize in addressing mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression along with substance use disorders. If you don’t seek help, your anxiety and depression may worsen, making it very difficult to stop using drugs and alcohol.
How Social Avoidance Progresses
Social anxiety and isolation progress over time. You may begin by avoiding situations that make you uncomfortable, eventually finding yourself spending all your time alone. This often starts with traumatic events that happened in your childhood. It could include abuse, neglect, or dramatic events that caused fear and anxiety to brew. Fortunately, it’s never too late to get into therapy and address the underlying causes of your anxiety and substance use disorders.
Perhaps you never finished high school or went on a date due to your debilitating social anxiety and isolation. Our therapists can help you build coping skills and interact with other people again. By facing your fears in individual therapy and group therapy sessions, you can slowly learn to overcome your fears and interact with people.
Our anxiety treatment program includes the following options:
You may feel alone now, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Learn to look at yourself in a nonjudgmental way and how to share your gifts with others in a safe environment.
Treating Social Anxiety and Isolation
Evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy can help you address your social anxiety disorder and substance use disorder. For example, CBT can reduce avoidance behaviors and help you learn to interact with others. At the same time, you can work on improving your negative self-image.
Mindfulness-based programs can help you find serenity through yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness exercises. Combined with traditional therapy, these holistic approaches can help you reduce the uncomfortable feeling of meeting new people and going to public places. While your medical practitioner may recommend anti-anxiety or antidepressant medication for your long-term recovery, self-medicating with drugs and alcohol won’t get you the results you deserve.
Seek Treatment at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Osawatomie, Kansas, we can help you overcome feelings of social anxiety and isolation. You don’t have to turn to drugs and alcohol to avoid the pain of loneliness and depression. Instead, contact us at 855.730.8825 to learn how our mental health and anxiety treatment programs can help you look forward to a brighter future.