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How to Combat Loneliness in Rehab

Mar 31, 2017
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While rehabilitation should be spent focusing on you – and you alone – that doesn’t mean you can’t socialize while recovering. Everybody needs a friend every now and then. Sure, the support is great. Even the therapists and doctors are great. You can still talk to your family and outside friends every now and then. On the other hand, the need to have social interaction with people on your own wave length can take over at times.

You want to have a normal conversation . . . about anything without negativity. They want it too. The good news is that socializing in rehab is possible, and socializing with other people in rehab is also possible. Even better; there’s a few tips that can help you when it’s your turn to be the social butterfly on the road to recovery.

The biggest thing to remember is that confidence makes you happy, and confidence in rehab might be harder to come by than expected. The detoxification process can be trying and definitely tiring, and sometimes a small compliment can change a person’s entire demeanor around. Heck, it could turn their entire day around! If you see a person that you wouldn’t mind having a conversation with, start it off by complimenting something.

While it doesn’t necessarily have to be true, it’s still better if it is. Whether their hair is thick and beautiful or their eyes are a gorgeous shade, it’s always better to let them know than to let them wonder. After the compliment is out of the way, have a conversation about anything that doesn’t have negativity in it. It can even be rehab related in the sense that the food is great or the rooms are beautiful. Rehabilitation is also comprised of beautiful accommodations and activities, so invite them to the pool or to an activity.

By utilizing the social system that’s orchestrated in rehab, you will feel more confident and you might even make a few really great friends. Contact isn’t always lost after rehab – you are allowed to exchange numbers and emails. The key is to take it slow in the beginning because chances are they are just as fragile as you probably feel. Eventually the deeper conversations that have some negativity to them might happen, but at that point you will both be ready.

Socializing in rehab is as easy as sending a friendly smile at someone as you pass them. There are many different ways to indict positive reactions out of others, and rehabilitation is the best way to perfect those practices. Greeting strangers can heighten your confidence and somebody else’s. Making eye contact with other individuals can intensify their awareness of you and their awareness of certain situations.

If you follow these simple tips about socializing while recovering in rehab, you will have no trouble. You might even make a couple friends in the process. The more you socialize, the stronger your confidence will grow . . . so keep socializing and keep growing!

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