There is a good amount of information out there about going no contact with narcissists. Many articles make it sound like going no contact will solve all of your problems. It definitely solves some. No longer having a narcissist in your life means you are no longer abused, which of course is a great thing. However, even so, it doesn’t solve all of your problems!
When a person has eliminated a relationship, people always seem to have opinions. There are even more opinions when the relationship in question is with a parent. The adult child is often referred to as selfish, spoiled, ungrateful, unreasonable & more. People often act as though you made this choice on a whim, when nothing could be further from the truth! The worst part is this judgement often comes from people close to you that you never expected would behave like this towards you. Not only does what they say hurt a great deal, but some people will side with the narcissistic parent & abandon you. Rarely does a person who severs ties with a parent have many allies.
Going no contact also doesn’t heal the wounds that your parent inflicted upon you. Those wounds are still there. You still are going to wake up each morning with C-PTSD, anxiety &/or depression. If you also were physically abused, the scars aren’t going to vanish just because your abusive parent is out of your life either.
In fact, I found in my experience and in talking to others that after implementing no contact, suddenly they felt they had more issues to deal with than they had previously. Repressed memories came up, they had more nightmares than usual, anxiety was much worse, they were very depressed & more. I firmly believe the reason for this is because when you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, that narcissist basically takes up almost all of your thoughts. You’re so busy trying to figure out ways to please them or at least not trigger their wrath. You may be trying to find a way to escape the relationship unscathed. You’re definitely trying to maintain your sanity in an insane situation. Once the relationship is over, those things are gone. Your mind is free of a huge burden. Now it’s time to process all of what you have been through, & your emotional floodgates let loose. It can be pretty scary & overwhelming. I try to make the best of it, & remember these things that have come up are doing so for a reason. I talk to God about them, & write about them in my journal as ways to help me heal.
No contact is a very viable solution when dealing with narcissists. Often, it is the only solution. However, it isn’t an easy one. Dear Reader, if you’re considering going no contact, please know that it won’t solve all of your problems. It will help you a great deal, but don’t expect it to be easy.