The American Psychology Association defines escapism as the tendency to escape from the real world to the safety and comfort of a fantasy world. Since life is innately stressful, coping strategies are essential to making it through each day. Escapism can be a coping skill when used positively; however, to ignore reality completely can be detrimental. If you or someone you care about may be using drugs or alcohol as a form of escapism, we can help.
At Fort Behavioral Health, our team believes that escapism can be a healthy coping mechanism, when used correctly. We provide a range of mental health treatment programs, including our dual diagnosis treatment program, so that our clients can build skills and strategies to keep them on the road to recovery.
Common Escapist Strategies
Everyone utilizes escapist strategies in life, as the harsh realities of life are apparent and permeate the human race. Common forms of positive escapism include:
- Reading a book
- Listening to music
Furthermore, faith-based coping strategies reduce stress by narrowing perspectives and accentuating the positive parts of life. For example, religion creates a sense of belonging and knowledge born out of already having the answers to life’s biggest questions. Therefore, religion fosters an individual’s confidence and hope in life and their future. Belonging to a community or support system, such as a family, partnership, or religious group, can make one feel comforted as well, creating a sort of safety net for life.
Issues with Escapism
Drugs and alcohol may be escapist strategies; however, they also change the individual and their abilities to face the realities of life on physical, mental, and psychological levels. Over time, drugs and alcohol used to escape from reality can completely take over, creating an addiction.
Furthermore, facing addiction is made harder through the use of drugs and alcohol since they alter one’s ability to admit the reality that they are addicted to them. Addiction born out of escapism can lead to a decline in self-compassion, as people with self-compassion are more willing to accept responsibility for negative life events.
Mental Health Treatment at Fort Behavioral Health
Fortunately, our Fort Behavioral Health team has years of experience helping people learn coping skills through mental health treatment options. When you begin recovery at our center, we will perform a thorough assessment of your mental and physical health. Then, our team will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your specific needs in recovery. Next, you’ll meet regularly with a therapist to develop strategies to keep you healthy and away from drugs and alcohol.
Some of the mental health treatment options offered at Fort Behavioral Health include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Somatic experiencing program
- Motivational interviewing program
- Dual diagnosis treatment program
- Trauma therapy program
- Co-occurring disorder treatment program
As you participate in one or more of these therapy programs, you’ll learn coping skills to deal with the inevitable stress of life. Set yourself up for success with help from Fort Behavioral Health.
Build Healthy Coping Skills at Fort Behavioral Health
Life is stressful. Everyone needs to be able to cope with the harsh realities of life in a healthy manner. There are positive coping strategies to implement or learn in life; however, using drugs or alcohol only leads to further negative realities that can make life harder to navigate. At Fort Behavioral Health, we understand that recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is a personal and challenging experience. We seek to inspire clients to face their challenges, accept their present state, and foster hope for their future.