The Need to Be Alone vs. Feeling Lonely: Toxic Relationship Recovery – There IS a difference. And yes, both can happen at the same time, believe it or not. This is toxic relationship recovery. Many survivors of toxic relationships won’t even talk about it with the people they’re closest to in their lives – and even when they appear to be totally fine and are capable of a friendly conversation (and have good social skills), there can be an underlying feeling of isolation for a survivor – one that feels sort of like a dull ache. By Angela Atkinson