Why Your Social Network Matters

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Do you feel well connected to your community? Do you feel isolated sometimes? Both of these questions play into the overarching idea of a social network. A social network is the fabric of support surrounding you during a crisis. Who you interact with matters.

Overlapping Network

This is the type of network built upon crisscrossing relationships. Sayings like “everyone knows everyone and everything” apply here as well as “it takes a village to raise a child.” When you tell one person a secret, the whole town will likely find out the next day.

In the overlapping network, you get your support from a relatively cohesive group of people. Most people are in the loop and have some idea of how to help. Often, people in this network know every other person in the network. On the one hand, you get a large and informed support group, but on the other hand, you may feel enmeshed or co-dependent in the situation. This type of network has its pros and cons.

Siphoned Network

A lot of people express the belief that they have different people for different things. This is a valuable way to avoid putting all your eggs in one basket. Also, it helps temper expectations about what you can gain from a single relationship.

In the siphoned network, you go to different points of contact for different tasks you have to complete. Often, the people in this network do not know one another. On the one hand, you avoid pitfalls like gossip, but on the other hand, you run the risk of feeling isolated at times. This type of network has its pros and cons.

So which network do you identify with? Or do you identify with both? Either way, your support network matters. Considering which type of network you have can help you decide how to navigate complex relationships. When you are navigating complex relationships to the best of your ability, you will feel more at ease.

Your social network matters. Whether it is an overlapping network, a siphoned network, or another type of network, having an idea of the type of network you are dealing with can help you manage complex situations. Your social network directly ties into your mental health and can help you overcome addiction. At Valiant Living, we understand the importance of social networks. We hope you form new social networks during your time with us. Our expert staff can help you navigate through the struggles of substance use and co-occurring mental illness. At our men’s-only facility in Denver, Colorado, we emphasize the importance of community. When you leave, we want to make sure you have the best support network possible. If you are interested in learning more, you can reach out to us today at (303) 952-5035.