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Overcoming These Common Fears of Going to Rehab

Everyone experiences fear. It’s a strong motivator that affects how we react to life. No matter what causes it, for both rational and irrational fears, our brains enter “fight or flight” mode in response. The body physically prepares itself to confront or flee the threat, and we learn to avoid fear at all costs.

Fear is the first hurdle to overcoming addiction. It’s a powerful emotion that can stop you from even contemplating recovery. Common fears in recovery reflect those we all know: fear of change, abandonment, sickness or pain and loss of identity or purpose. Facing these fears while removing a substance you’ve come to rely on is a scary prospect.

Many addicts deal with the same fears. Fortunately, it’s possible to face fear and find addiction treatment. Recovery takes work, but the end result is worth it. You deserve happiness and success, and a good treatment center will help you get there.

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Don’t go through the process of recovery alone. There are people who can help you with the struggle you’re facing. Get in touch with one today.

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If you have coverage of any kind from a major insurance provider, your treatment is likely covered. We promise to keep your information confidential.

Fear of Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms in the early stages of addiction recovery are known to sometimes be unpleasant. Suddenly stopping an addictive substance causes both physical and mental symptoms. Your body has come to depend on the drug addiction, and it won’t immediately function well without it.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Mood changes

Your brain relies on the addiction as well. Psychological dependence is when you think you need narcotics to function and feel you can’t without them. The combined stress of physical and mental withdrawal in recovery is a scary thought.

Thankfully, withdrawal is manageable with a rehab specialist. Participating in detox treatment helps ease you off addictive substances safely and healthily. Modern medical treatment options can reduce symptoms, sometimes to levels of just mild discomfort. A licensed counselor will help with the psychological aspects of withdrawal.

Fear of Rejection

It’s not uncommon for people to hide their addiction. In these cases, they fear rejection from their friends and family members if found out. Those with “use buddies” or others who support their addiction might also fear losing them when they get treatment.

If a friend or family member is unhappy about you starting treatment, it’s time to reevaluate that relationship. Surround yourself with supportive people who want you to achieve success. Most recovering addicts find they need to sever ties with the people from their life of addiction. They won’t help you in your addiction recovery and may actively discourage it.

Therapy can help you get past your fear of rejection. Group therapy  can be particularly helpful, as it connects you with others going through the same addiction struggles. Forging new connections will ease the pain of losing old ones.

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Fear of Boredom

Addiction affects how you experience pleasure. It actually changes the pathways in the brain, making it hard to feel happiness without addictive substances. Drugs and alcohol cause bursts of dopamine in the reward center of the brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria. The neural transmitters adapt to this and build up a tolerance, gradually needing more and more. The dopamine flow is cut off and the reward center stops lighting up when you stop using.

This doesn’t mean you’ll never experience joy again. Your brain just needs to heal. Just as it was trained to receive dopamine from narcotics, it can be trained to receive dopamine from more conventional methods. Medical treatment and therapy will aid in this.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

GET HELP TODAY

Don’t go through the process of recovery alone. There are people who can help you with the struggle you’re facing. Get in touch with one today.

CHECK INSURANCE

If you have coverage of any kind from a major insurance provider, your treatment is likely covered. We promise to keep your information confidential.

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