The Link Between Narcissistic Wounding and Addiction

Are you struggling with addiction or is it affecting someone you love? If so, you may be looking for a link that explains the challenges being faced and their origin. Any kind of abuse increases the likelihood of addictive behaviour developing and narcissistic wounding is no different. Exploring the relationship between narcissistic wounds and addiction is vital to our work as addiction treatment providers.

Narcissistic abuse can drive people towards addiction as a way to cope with their emotional turmoil. If you have experienced narcissistic injury, we want you to know that we’re here for you. The team’s ready to listen and eager to help you find your path to healing and recovery.
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What Is Narcissistic Wounding?

Narcissistic wounding, also known as narcissistic injury, refers to the emotional or psychological harm that occurs when a person’s self-esteem or self-worth is significantly damaged due to interactions with a narcissist. Narcissistic wounding often results from rejection, humiliation, or manipulation. This emotional injury can lead to feelings of shame, self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. In some cases, narcissistic wounding can have long-lasting effects on a person’s mental well-being, potentially influencing their behaviour and choices in the future.

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Finding Professional Help Is Just the First Step

Treating addiction related to narcissistic wounds requires a multifaceted approach. Combining evidence-based therapies with trauma-informed care, holistic approaches and support networks can address addiction’s root causes and empower recovery. Recovery from narcissism-related addiction is challenging, but with the right interventions and ongoing support, you can regain control, rebuild self-esteem, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Thankfully, “John’s” partner came to us on time, and we were happy to know they are living in their family home now, both enjoying a stable income and even recently announced that their first baby is on the way. These are the success stories we strive for. Even in the absence of spousal or family support, however, there are still opportunities for recovery. Every one of our clients benefits from our full commitment and extensive know-how. We will give you the full residential experience to help you heal from the trauma and long-term damage caused by narcissistic abuse in your past.
To get the help you need, contact The Providence Projects’ admissions team today.

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