Serving patients throughout Greater Chicago, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers works with Healthcare Alternative Systems in providing support to underserved patients living with issues such as substance abuse and chronic mental illness. Among her areas of expertise, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers has extensive experience in addictions medicine.
One important facet of leading a balanced, addiction-free life involves interacting with others socially in ways that are meaningful, supportive, and positive. Increasingly, experts point to the idea that addiction centers not on the pleasure derived from substances, but on an inability to connect with other people in meaningful ways.
Much of this has to do with the levels of connection and trust experienced by individuals in childhood. Those who lack secure and safe early-life attachments often have major issues as adults and are susceptible to addiction, as they find the social aspects of life challenging and struggle with loneliness.
Fortunately, insecure attachment styles can be recognized and changed with conscious effort. When individuals fighting addiction are connected with people who are reliable, empathetic, and supportive, they can begin to feel secure in their social interactions. Often, this support comes from others who are themselves in recovery programs.