It is completely normal to feel shy occasionally and especially in foreign environments or in a group of strangers, but for some people, shyness can become debilitating. These individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol to help them overcome their shyness in social situations, but this simply leaves them with the additional burden of addiction.
Understanding the Various Degrees of Shyness
If shyness prevents you from engaging in conversations, pursuing your dreams, seeking a good job, or performing well in school or work, there is a problem. In many cases, various forms of counseling can help shy people learn to approach stressful situations.
Since shyness tends to be associated with personality, many people mistakenly believe that they have no hope for change and that it is just how they are wired. This is not true. While a shy person may never become a complete extrovert, he or she can learn ways to manage shyness and have a productive and healthy social life. Extreme shyness may actually be a form of social anxiety disorder. The symptoms of these types of disorders are diverse but in general, involve the onset of intense anxiety when around other people and can involve the following:
- Sweaty hands
- Heart palpitations
- Stomach or intestinal distress
- Pain in fingers and toes
- Inability to speak clearly and intelligently to a stranger
Individuals suffering from this level of anxiety may find short-lived and costly relief from their symptoms through alcohol and drugs. Substances like this can calm the part of the brain most troubled by social anxiety. This type of substance abuse amounts to self-medication and often leads quickly to a full-blown addiction.
Where to Turn When Shyness Leads to Addiction
If you fear that your shyness has led you to abuse drugs or alcohol, please call our 24-hour toll-free helpline. The call is confidential and private, and our counselors are standing by any time of day or night to answer your questions about shyness and addiction. The best treatment plans understand the intricacies of treating shyness and addiction, and they develop customized treatment plans that consider all of a patient’s unique needs. Our staff can help you find the best help for your shyness and addiction issues. Break the cycle and find the freedom you crave. Call today.