The Fear of Relapse
The possibility of a future relapse stops many people from seeking treatment. Rehab takes a lot of work, and the thought of going through it just to fall into old habits is daunting. You may not believe you can succeed at all. Everyone faces the fear of failure, but it’s worse when the stakes are so high. Here are some routines you can implement to help get over this fear and promote sobriety.
In reality, returning to substance abuse isn’t a sign of failure. About 40%-60% of all recovering addicts relapse, with 90% of those doing so in early recovery. There are many factors behind relapses, and learning them is part of healing. Repeat attempts are normal, and treatment plans can be adjusted as you learn.
The Fear of Facing Emotions
There are often underlying mental health issues that contribute to addictive behavior. Drug use often starts as a way to self-medicate difficult feelings. Stress, depression, anxiety and trauma are dulled by drugs or alcohol. Without them, you’re forced to deal with the full brunt of these feelings.
While suffering from addiction, people often cause further damage to their mental and physical health. Personal relationships usually suffer as drugs and alcohol become a priority. This means further emotional distress to deal with on top of the original reason for using.
Therapy is the best option to aid in facing feelings. It also helps to maintain a positive mindset and learn stress reduction techniques. Clear goals will motivate you to make it through the toughest mental spots.
The Fear of Change
After long-term use, addiction becomes a comfort. It seems like a safe space where bad feelings are dulled and consequences don’t matter. It’s difficult to imagine leaving this comfort. Fear of change often causes self-sabotage.
Drugs and alcohol also tend to become a large part of your social life and identity. In these cases, people are often scared of who they’ll be after they stop abusing narcotics. A lot of their relationships may be based on procuring or using substances. They don’t know who they’ll be once they’re living a sober lifestyle.
Everyone is afraid of change. However, it’s the only way to move forward and improve yourself. Remind yourself why it’s important and what you want out of life. A strong support team will be key in helping you enforce changes and focus on the present moment.
Overcoming Recovery Fear
Finding the right addiction treatment provider is integral in helping you overcome fear. A private and convenient solution will help you face reality and find a sober life. While overcoming fear takes a lot of work, your future happiness and quality of life will be worth it.
Sometimes fear will get the best of you, but when you work with a dedicated team, like Recovery at the Crossroads, we project confidence, promise and the path to overcoming addiction. Contact our team today!