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Social media is a great way to connect with family, friends, and loved ones. Social media brings people together, but unfortunately spending too much time on it can be a distraction. This is especially true if you are in treatment. Even if you decide to spend time on social media during the treatment process, you may want to set boundaries for yourself. Setting boundaries will help you to continue prioritizing your recovery.
Depending on the type of treatment that you are involved with, internet use may not be allowed. If you are at a meeting, in a group, or in a session you cannot use your phone or internet. If you are in treatment for internet addiction, using social media won’t be allowed.
You want to use treatment as a chance to learn, grow, and heal from your addiction. Social media can be a trigger if you are in treatment. You may be friends on social media with drug dealers, old friends, and have other reminders of your old life. Being in treatment is time dedicated just for your healing. You are there to learn about your addiction and how to recover. Seeing old friends or acquaintances drinking or using will not be beneficial to your progress.
What you see on social media is exaggerated sometimes. Watching people seemingly have fun may not be reality, but it can be triggering. You may find it helpful to let yourself fully detox for a couple weeks or months. Treatment could be a detox for your mind, body, and spirit. You can stay connected to supportive people by calling them, writing letters, or through visits.
Once you have a little clean time and a new focus you will be able to return to social media. Consider waiting until you have finished detox and feel more confident.
If social media use is allowed in treatment, do the following.
- Make sure your recovery is a priority
- Set limits i.e. only spend 1-2 hours a week on social media
- Clean your friends list
- Stay connected with positive, supportive people
- Get rid of any other social media triggers
- Follow recovery pages
Treatment can be a life changing experience. Treatment is a process and only you know what your limits are. Don’t rush yourself and only do what you can handle. If you do access social media, have a clear goal, follow recovery pages, protect yourself, and stay focused.
The Kimberly Center offers the best in partial care programming for the treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders. Providing a variety of treatment services with love and compassion, our clinical team serves to help clients heal mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for information: 855-4-KCENTER