Substance Abuse and Boredom
For many, substance abuse and boredom are interlinked. “Because I’m bored” is one of the reasons many give for turning to drugs and alcohol abuse. The same excuse is often used for why they continue their substance abuse.
What is Boredom?
We all experience boredom at some point in life – some more often than others – but what is boredom? Psychologists describe it as having a lack of interest in anything, or feeling as if there is nothing to do. Boredom is a frame of mind that can affect you physically – leaving you agitated, restless, even exhausted. Moreover, psychologists suggest that boredom can result when being forced to do something an individual does not want to do; or being restricted from doing something they want to do; and finally in the case of disinterest .
The Problem with Chronic Boredom
Chronic boredom has been linked to depression, as well as a host of other disorders including addiction, alcoholism, relationship problems, anger management issues, and mental health disorders such as anxiety. Psychologists agree that it is important to understand when and how boredom begins and takes over a person’s life. One theory is that is the result of change such as in goals and achievement. For many, a shift in direction or goals may result in a lack of interest in the new direction their life may be taking.
Substance Abuse and Boredom
Teens use drug and alcohol abuse for entertainment to relieve boredom. Statistics show that as many as 34 percent of teens with substance abuse problems claim boredom as the reason. A study conducted by Ohio State University showed that individuals engage in drug abuse that for entertainment and to make their life more interesting. The study revealed that a many abuse marijuana because they said it increased their focus, while others used hallucinogens because they made sound colorful. However, continuing to engage in drug and alcohol abuse – for any reason – can lead to tolerance, dependency, and addiction; a decline in health and the onset of lifelong health concerns; as well as legal and financial consequences. Moreover, unless the individual finds a way to address their boredom, the likeliness of relapse is great.
Recovery and Boredom
The thought of life in recovery is often shadowed by the idea that it will be boring. This is perhaps the biggest obstacle to overcoming substance abuse. The focus is not on the positive aspect of getting better, but on the fact that they will no longer be able to do something that they enjoy doing. In essence the fear of future boredom can trap an individual in addiction preventing them from being able to get the assistance they need to overcome drug and alcohol abuse. Seeking behavioral therapy or counseling can help get to the bottom of what is causing the boredom and find alternative solutions to combating it which will keep your sobriety in check. Are you struggling with substance abuse and boredom? For help in overcoming alcohol and drug abuse or addiction, call Gallus Detox Center at 855-338-6929.