Loneliness….it’s not just women….”Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general of the United States, has said many times in recent years that the most prevalent health issue in the country is not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It is isolation……..In 2015, a huge study out of Brigham Young University, using data from 3.5 million people collected over 35 years, found
that those who fall into the categories of loneliness, isolation, or even simply living on their own see their risk of premature death rise 26 to 32 percent. Now consider that in the United States, nearly a third of people older than 65 live alone; by age 85, that has jumped to about half. Add all of this up, and you can see why the surgeon general is declaring loneliness to be a public health epidemic.”
Loneliness and boredom are two reasons that people in recovery relapse…..having failed to connect in meaningful ways with new “community” they often return to the former “people, places, and things.” Building meaningful new community is VITAL….to life, to health, to sustained recovery.