Gaslighting and Addiction: Recognizing the Connection

What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation where an individual makes someone doubt their reality, memories, or perceptions. It’s a subtle yet destructive tactic used by individuals to gain control and power over others. Common signs of gaslighting include:

  • Denying facts or events that actually happened.
  • Discrediting the victim’s feelings or emotions.
  • Shifting blame onto the victim.
  • Withholding information or love as punishment.

The Link Between Gaslighting and Addiction

Addressing the connection between gaslighting and addiction is vital for those seeking recovery. Here’s why:

  • Self-Esteem Erosion: Gaslighting can lead to a significant drop in self-esteem and self-worth, making individuals more susceptible to addiction as a way to cope with these feelings.
  • Escapism: Victims of gaslighting often turn to substances as a means of escape from the emotional turmoil and confusion caused by the manipulation.
  • Isolation: Gaslighting can isolate individuals from friends and family, leaving them more vulnerable to addiction because they lack a support system.
  • Self-Doubt and Self-Medication: Gaslighting can result in profound self-doubt, causing individuals to turn to substances as a form of self-medication to numb emotional pain.

Recognizing Gaslighting in Your Life

To break the cycle of addiction and gaslighting, it’s essential to recognize the signs in your life or that of a loved one:

  • Frequent self-doubt or questioning of your reality.
  • Feeling constantly on edge or anxious around a particular person.
  • Isolation from friends and family.
  • Difficulty making decisions due to fear of being wrong.

Seek Help at OC Revive Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and suspect gaslighting may be a factor, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at OC Revive. Our dual diagnosis treatment center specializes in addressing addiction and co-occurring mental health issues like gaslighting. Call us today at 844-954-3890 to take the first step toward recovery.


Dual diagnosis treatment is an integrated approach that addresses both addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders simultaneously. It recognizes that these conditions often feed into each other and aims to provide comprehensive care.

Gaslighting is characterized by manipulative behavior, such as denial of facts, discrediting your feelings, or shifting blame. If you suspect you’re being gaslit, it’s essential to seek support from a trusted friend or professional.

While gaslighting itself may not directly cause addiction, it can significantly contribute to an individual’s vulnerability to substance abuse by eroding self-esteem and emotional well-being.

At OC Revive, we offer comprehensive treatment for a wide range of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, and behavioral addictions.

Getting started is easy. Simply call our helpline at 844-954-3890, and our compassionate team will guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions you may have about treatment options.

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