Addiction recovery is a big undertaking and is a process that takes time. It is not unusual to feel some fear and apprehension. The important part is not to let this fear keep you from moving forward. Oftentimes the things you spend your time worrying about are not nearly as big of a deal as you think they are at the time. In fact, they may never happen at all. Here are some common things that people worry about in addiction recovery:
- Fear of failure – making a mistake and relapsing.
- Fear of success – overcoming addiction and not knowing what to do with yourself or how to react.
- Fear of being alone – you probably cut ties to unhealthy relationships and may worry now that you are all on your own.
- Fear of the unknown – worrying about what your life will be like without substance use since that is all you have known for a while.
Overcoming Common Fears in Recovery
You are not alone if these fears creep into your mind. Instead of letting them take control, though, fight back. Push past your fears so that you can focus on the progress you are making.
- Practice relaxation strategies such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing. Calm your body and mind, clear your head, and refocus your thoughts.
- Confront your fears by working through them. Look at them from a different perspective and realize that it is not something worth being worked up over.
- Take one day at a time. Do not waste your time fretting over something that may or may not happen in the future. Live in the present and deal with each challenge as it arises.
- Reach out to your support group. Talk through your worries so that they are not just swirling around in your mind making you more anxious or upset. Just putting them into words and saying them out loud can help.
Have faith that you have the strategies and resources you need to be successful. Implement what you have learned and continue seeking support from others for motivation and encouragement. Seacliff Recovery Center can help you feel more confident and develop the necessary skills to move forward in your addiction recovery.