When you lose sight of your own sense of self, it can be a troubling experience. Identity crises and other self-image issues are commonly seen alongside substance abuse disorders and severe addictions. When you put that much of yourself into a substance, it can be difficult to find your way out again. This doesn’t mean that you’re alone. An identity crisis can be treated like any other malady. Caring for your mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health. If you have questions about how you’re functioning mentally, or how to care for your mental needs properly, proper mental health treatment is a great first step.
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach is proud to offer first-class care, compassionate staff, and a picturesque, comfortable place to heal at an affordable rate. Our boutique approach has helped people of all kinds to find sobriety and start loving life again, and we’d be happy to walk with you or your loved one on their own wellness journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about any of our treatment programs. Call (877) 296-7477 or visit us online to complete our secure form.
Are You Having an Identity Crisis?
It can be scary to sit back and wonder, “Am I having an identity crisis?” This doesn’t, however, mean that you shouldn’t continue the train of thought. Knowing that there is a problem to address is the first step to addressing any problem. Identity issues aren’t usually dangerous in isolation, and they can be treated with therapy. When these issues manifest in an identity crisis, they can cause a significant decline in your overall mental wellness.
Some signs of an identity crisis include:
- You often find yourself questioning the direction your life is going, your purpose on earth, or whether or not you have a destiny.
- You stumble or pause to think for a long time when asked personal questions, even if they are innocuous and simple.
- Your values, behaviors, and other inclinations shift to match the people you’re hanging out with or your environment at a given time.
- You experience constant anxiety and unrest, particularly about work, school, your routine, or other personal commitments.
- You find yourself mistrustful of your own decisions and suddenly defaulting to others to make choices about anything, from the routine to the major.
- Your self-image is worsening, and you find yourself unable to see positive traits you once knew you possessed.
What Causes an Identity Crisis?
Someone in an active identity crisis is questioning who they are and how they fit into the society around them. It’s common for some people to experience an identity crisis after a major life change, such as a milestone age, a new job, a major move, a graduation, or the end of a relationship. Newfound sobriety can sometimes affect identity issues.
In addition to professional help, you can do things to improve your sense of identity and combat identity issues in your daily life. Community can be very helpful in actualizing one’s identity, be it from work, church, school, or another source. Hobbies can also be valuable in defining one’s self and forging identity.
Find Therapy with Oceanfront Recovery
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach is well-equipped to care for someone dealing with an identity crisis. We know that your overall mental wellness is extremely important to your health and well-being. When we admit a new client at Oceanfront Recovery, we take the full scope of that person’s mental health into consideration. This allows our dual diagnosis approach to administering care for addiction as well as any other mental health disorders that may be impacting substance use. For more information on our treatment programs, reach out today by visiting us online or by calling (877) 296-7477.