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Tame Your Fears

Fearfulness is a driving force of addiction, and it usually follows us into recovery. It’s normal to have fears, and it would be worrisome not to. Some fears are healthy, while others are not. Taking fears to extremes can cause a lot of unnecessary discomfort, but not paying attention to fears can put us in danger. The physiological function of fear is to alert us to danger and to keep us alive. It is a natural part of existence. Healthy fear is short-lived, because once the threat is removed, it begins to dissipate. Life and death situations, and even high-pressure situations like putting on a performance or speaking at a meeting can be healthy fears.

Unhealthy fears are enduring. They can cause paralysis, and make a person immobilized to take proper action. Unhealthy fears can also leave a person feeling shameful from the inability to get through a situation. Many of us fear sobriety. Without a doubt, this has kept countless active addicts and alcoholics from seeking help, going to meetings, or seeing a therapist. It also prevents some people from obtaining long-term sobriety. For instance, some recovering addicts and alcoholics get squirrely just before reaching the one year mark of sobriety. This could be indicative of an unconscious fear of committing to long-term recovery by ducking out just before hitting the one year milestone.

To face your fears doesn’t mean you have to tackle them all at once. Take baby steps. For instance, take the first step toward your recovery. Whether that’s going to treatment, or it’s going to a new meeting, the first step is always the scariest. Once you’ve taken it, you may find that everything you had imagined it to be is completely different. If you fear failure, as many perfectionistic alcoholics and addicts do, you can still be successful if you learn from your mistakes. Roughly half of recovering addicts relapse at some point in their lives, which means roughly half don’t. If you have, learn from it and pick yourself up. If you haven’t, keep going in spite of the fear.




If you want to stop drinking or using, call the Serenity Recovery Center. We know picking up the phone is scary, but not getting help is much scarier. Here, you will be safe and as comfortable as possible while we gently take you through the detox process. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Recovery is possible, call now.