The world is experiencing a full range of negative emotions right now. Whether it's anger, dysfunction, fear, or any other toxic emotion, between the political rancor, social injustice, the global pandemic, and plenty of natural disasters, even just watching the news every day can create negativity in our minds and create similar emotions within us. This toxic environment is difficult to manage if we are mentally healthy, but even more difficult when we are also trying to heal from addiction. Yet it is still possible to recover from substance abuse even in a toxic world.
How the World Around Us Affects Substance Use
The messages we see and hear can have a lot of impact on our mentality, particularly if we see and hear them over and over. When we are surrounded by uplifting and positive messages, it helps us to view our own world in a more positive light. When the world around us is filled with negativity, or even worse toxic emotions, it is difficult to remain neutral, let alone positive.
Being in a toxic environment, particularly for an extended period of time, can lead to substance use. The constant barrage of negativity impacts our mentality and the stressors can lead us to look for a way to self-medicate or escape all of the negative information around us. Watching the news or being impacted by so many toxic messages can lead to depression, as well, which can also lead to us using or abusing substances. It can be difficult to remain positive, or at least to be able to function normally, in a world where our minds are constantly bombarded with negativity, but there are ways for us to rise above the toxic environment.
Treatment Can Be a Reprieve from Toxicity
If you think that you may have a substance abuse problem, treatment is the perfect place to be when the world around you seems bleak and toxic. Residential treatment for substance abuse allows you to remove yourself from the world and all of the negative messages, and focus on what is most important: your life. As you lose the substances and gain more personal wellness, you can rebuild your version of the world and learn to access a more balanced view not only of the world and how it impacts you but of your life, as well.
Living in a world with so many negative messages constantly bombarding us can result in a toxic mindset, too. However, there is also good in the world, you sometimes just have to look past the noise and the obvious pain and toxicity that is being broadcast into your mind. Coping with toxic messages does not need to include substance abuse. At Rancho Milagro Recovery, we firmly believe that you have it within you to cope in a toxic world without relying on substances as an escape. Call us at (951) 526-4582 so that we can talk about your treatment for addiction, as well as any co-occurring mental health issues, like depression or anxiety, related to the toxic environment of the outside world. Join us at our serene ranch in Temecula, California, to get a reprieve from all of the negativity and healing from addiction for your own mental well-being.