There are always those little voices in your head that try to convince you not to do something. When you are at the point when you need to seek help for drugs and/or alcohol, there is a fear that keeps you from wanting it.That fear can lead you down the wrong path. Wanting to do something to change your way of life is the first step. Once you cross that threshold, you can begin to face these fears head on. The following fears that people have before getting help for their addiction can be helped and solved.
Dope Sickness: Being dope sick is quite possibly one of the worst feelings in the world. It’s a terrible stretch of days that you feel will never end and the only thing that will make you feel better and get you through it is more dope. You lose control over your body, and all you can think about is getting high. You’re wondering how you can get it and who you can get it from until you are obsessed to the point that you feel like you are losing your mind. Dope sickness challenges your entire self, physically, emotionally, and mentally.Going through withdrawal can be another horrible ordeal. It’s not going to be easy, but with the right help and supervision, the difficult parts can be helped with ease. The process is difficult, but when you make it through on the other end, clean and able to live without the substances, you know that you’ll be able to conquer the fear of being dope sick.
Wreckage: Once you’ve gone through the dope sickness and withdrawals, another hurdle you”l have to cross is the emotional state you will be in. What’s referred to as wreckage, is all that was left in the wake of your addiction. The emotional baggage that you carry will be quite heavy and painful, but it’s something you need to face head on. The silver lining here is the calm after the storm. Think of it this way, you can start again, fresh. Life has handed you a clean slate that you can start over with and build the life you have always wanted.
Change: While in the throws of addiction, you become so comfortable. It’s a familiar feeling in your day to day and mind. The drugs were your one constant that you relied on. Now without them, you have to change your entire way of life. This is the part that scares most addicts. What you do from the point you get clean and sober is imperative. Changing your habits is a big thing so you don’t get drawn into the life you once lived. New habits and ideas must come into play at this juncture. Visualize a way of life that you want for your life and work bit by bit to change to have that come to fruition.
Loss: Now that you’ve given up your addiction, you might start to feel a sense of loss. Losing the crutch of your addiction is like losing a friend that you used to share so many times with. Learning to carry on without that in your life is difficult, but absolutely do able. This is one of the biggest fears addicts face. The ability to exist without their drugs. The people you can most count on will be there in your time of need. While going through recovery you will notice that certain “friends” won’t be around, but that’s OK. Those are the types of people you don’t need in your life moving forward. Now that you’ve cleaned up your act and have a new lease on life, you can start with new people as friends that can help keep you on the straight and narrow.
Feelings: Something else that will start to creep back in your life will be feelings. You became so accustomed to being numb to your emotions and pain, that you pretty much ignored them. With the drugs and alcohol out of the picture, you have to learn to face these emotions. Taking each step by step slowly can help to ease into feeling normal. The cleaner you get the more they come up. This is a great time to start working with someone to help you cope and feel in control of yourself without falling back into your old life.
These fears are something we all live with on a day to day basis. Sharing with someone you can confide in and trust is a great way to help get you past these fears
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