Often in my conversations with those who have been through trauma I share with them that it is critical to understand that there are requirements on the road to recovery.  I spend a significant amount of time with those who I am coaching to help them understand that ignoring the requirements of recovery will cause the process to become stalled.  Isolation can be defined simply as separation that either occurs socially or emotionally.  Everyone has moments when we crave our solitude depending on our vocations or levels of responsibility.  Social isolation is the absence of social relationships for an extended period.  Emotional isolation happens when you have been in social isolation too long.  The absence of emotional relationships for an extended period of time can trigger negative feelings and thoughts.  My point is that extended isolation can lead to deeper pits of depression, loneliness, and other mental health concerns.  Extended isolation does not make things better; on the contrary, things become worse.  In recovery one must know that the process only works when you cooperate and participate.  It does not work when you isolate.