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Old 03-06-19, 11:14 PM
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Re: Being a 'shut in' and managing to end ones self imposed isolation.

Lloyd, it's a legitimate question.

There's a difference between being a homebody without a fulfilling social life, on the one hand, and being agoraphobic, or trapped by your hoarding problem, or with limited mobility due to disability/size/etc. to the point that you are truly "shut in" for weeks, months, or years at a time... These require different approaches.

Is it the case that you have not been able to leave your house for an extended period?

If not, what is the actual problem you're experiencing? Is the issue that you have no friends (and perhaps no job) and therefore no compelling reason to leave the house and get out and socialize? Is it that you're out of practice spending time with people (to the extent you were ever "in practice")?

You mentioned difficulties socializing since you quit alcohol...could you say more about that? Do you need ideas for places to meet people that aren't alcohol-centric? Or do you just feel more awkward socializing when you're not inebriated?

Perhaps you could clarify what your situation is so that we could try to offer constructive suggestions.
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