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The Unexpected Link Between Social Media, Stress and Substance Abuse

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For most people, scrolling through Facebook is a daily routine. But with each like and share, social media can morph into more than a regular activity; it can also become a vehicle for addiction.

Social networks give us the ability to hide, which can hinder those struggling with addiction or individuals who may have mental health issues. Between Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, people are able to create a public persona, giving the appearance of being happy or having a “perfect” life in pictures and posts, regardless of their true feelings or personal struggles.

These social networks cause people to set unrealistic expectations for themselves that transcend the digital space into real life. For individuals viewing the social media presence of their peers, it is easy to perceive these masks as reality and fall into depression when their own lives don’t measure up. The digital masks we wear can also often fuel the shame an addict may feel as they work toward sobriety.

While it’s not always the case, individuals could turn to substances like alcohol or drugs to avoid or repress their anxiety. Unfortunately, due to the cyclical nature of substance abuse and addiction, using drugs or alcohol can result in a dependence on the substances both physically as well as psychological, which further contributes to the shame an individual is feeling, creating a seemingly hopeless downward spiral.

That’s why Caron Treatment Centers emphasize holistic treatment programs and recovery support. Helping individuals identify the root cause of their addiction and work toward recovery helps address all behavioral health issues, including depression, shame and any other co-occurring issues or disorders. With thorough, comprehensive treatment that addresses the mind, body and soul, individuals can recover and go on to lead healthy and productive lives.

To learn more about the Caron Treatment Centers comprehensive programs and support, visit them online at caron.org.