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Human beings are innately social creatures. As far back as we can study, humans have lived together, hunted together, traveled and thrived together in groups. Social groups provide us with a large part of our identity and teach us important skills to live healthy, prosperous lives. Our current society can be incredibly isolating, especially for those suffering from mental health issues or addictions. It is important to remember how incredibly important social connection can be. Here are a few benefits to keep in mind when working on your social connectivity. 

Improves Quality of Life

Our social connections shape our daily lives in an immense way. If you have ever moved away from “home-base,” then you probably know what it feels like to leave that comfort or routine setting. It is important to note that sometimes our social connectivity is not a physical connection. Feeling respected and understood are very important to our well being, especially for those on their recovery journey.

Decreases the Risk of Suicide 

There are a number of factors to consider when considering whether someone is at a high or low risk of committing suicide. One of these factors that is genuinely considered is a person’s connectedness to other people.  When we feel like we have a solid support system, it has the ability to help decrease risky actions and behaviors. 

Boosts Mental Health

Friendships offer a number of mental health benefits, such as a feeling of belonging, purpose, and increased levels of happiness. Healthy connections also offer improved self-confidence and self-worth. When you are surrounded by people who want to be around you, want you to do well, and want you to strive in life, it can help push you to work harder to reach goals and live a healthy life. 

The importance of social connection is huge for those on their recovery journey. Consider becoming more active in your community, volunteering, or joining a club. Forming strong healthy relationships with others takes time and effort. It means opening up, actively listening, and being open about what you are actually going through. This can be hard and may take working with a professional to learn the skills needed. Here at The Guest House we are ready to help you gain the skills needed to successfully work through life’s challenges. Call us today to learn about our many different treatment options available at (855) 483-7800.