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Is Fear of Slipping Ruining Your Sobriety?

Is Fear of Slipping Ruining Your Sobriety?

The fear of slipping up can literally ruin your life if you let it get out of control. When you worry day after day about slipping up and ruining your sobriety, you don’t leave any room to navigate the spaces in between, like noticing moments of gratitude. Find some ways to learn how to let go of that fear and stop letting it control your recovery once and for all.

Release the Fear

Although relapse is always possible, it is not inevitable. There are ways to recognize the warning signs and get back on track. This can be done without sacrificing your whole existence  (or recovery).

  • Trust your strength. When you are feeling weak and controlled by fear, it helps to make a list of all the obstacles in your life that you’ve overcome. Once you realize you are strong enough to handle whatever comes your way, it helps you recognize you can find the tools to work with all you have in front of you.
  • Celebrate progress. When you’re focusing on what-ifs, it can be easy to overlook all your successes in recovery. One day, you might realize you’re living in fear of something that will never happen. The more you start to focus on good things, the less space there is for negativity.
  • Get a plan. Make a list of the tools and coping mechanisms that helped you recover. Be prepared to implement them again at the first sign of a setback. By having a plan in place, you’ll feel more ready to take it on in case relapse does happen.

Moving Forward

When you are constantly worried about slipping up in recovery, you will focus on that rather than seeing all the good things in your life. Gratitude is a great way to focus on what is happening in your life that you can be grateful for now, rather than look back in worry. Having the right tools will help you move forward, but without gratitude you may never see all the blessings you have right in front of you for what they are.

Recovery is about stopping old habits that don’t work and taking care of those that do work. It will be better if you can focus on what you can control right in this moment than anything you cannot. You control your thoughts, behaviors, and actions. If you get those under control you are bound to release that fear and start moving forward in healing from addiction.

Fear serves a purpose in some scenarios but, long term, it can wreak havoc on your recovery plan. We are here to help you let go of fear and move forward. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401