Abandonment Issues and Addiction

Abandonment Issues and AddictionAt different times in a Seattle resident’s life, he may experience a sense of abandonment caused by a variety of factors, including the following:

  • The end of a relationship
  • Death of a loved one
  • Being adopted or given up by a parent
  • Being deserted by a friend
  • Having a parent sent to prison
  • Having parent or loved one that does not express feelings
  • Dealing with the illness of a loved one
  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • Losing a job
  • Being abused

Unfortunately, when these situations arise, a person often feels fear, rejection and isolation.

Seattle Residents and Reactions to Abandonment

Each Seattle resident reacts to abandonment in a different way based on the situation that caused him to feel abandoned. Some reactions to abandonment include the following:

  • Isolation
  • Denial
  • Low self-esteem
  • Becoming compulsive
  • Acting out
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-defeating behaviors
  • Self-medication
  • Guilt or shame
  • Trust and control issues
  • Co-dependency
  • Inability to become intimate emotionally
  • Compulsive sexual behavior
  • Self-sabotage

These reactions can cause a person to attempt to find relief by taking alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, when adding alcohol or drugs to an unresolved emotional issue, the individual only makes matters worse.

Abandonment Issues and Seattle Residents

Abandonment is a serious emotional condition that a Seattle resident needs to resolve in a healthy manner. Often, the individual cannot deal with these issues without outside assistance. It is important to seek counseling and create a support network to help you identify and resolve these issues. Counseling can help patients to advance in a number of ways, including the following:

  • Understand your abandonment and how it has affected your life
  • Progress through a healthy grieving process
  • Acknowledge that you did not cause the abandonment and learn how to accept yourself
  • Learn how to take care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually so that you learn how to not abandon yourself
  • Understand that healing from this type of emotion is a process and you may need to monitor yourself to address these issues as they arise
  • Learn how to be compassionate with yourself and know that you are a worthy and loving person
  • Surround yourself with loving and nurturing people
  • Work to change your beliefs about yourself

Finding Help for Seattle Residents with Abandonment Issues and Addiction

If you are a Seattle resident suffering from abandonment issues, you should reestablish healthy thoughts and feelings about yourself, instead of numbing them with drugs or alcohol. You are not alone and we are eager to help you feel connected and find the treatment that you need to recover from your addiction. Call our toll-free helpline now and let us help you get started on your recovery. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about addiction, rehab treatments and how to get started. We are here to help.