In addiction recovery, there are diverse factors which affect how fast or slow an addict may recover. Family members and friends of the addicts might see these factors as ordinary, but the addicts themselves, know what they are going through.
One of such factors which affect addiction recovery is fear. Addicts face fear during prior to addiction recovery, and during the process of treatment. Hence, because of the presence of fear, many people who ought to be in recovery, have had to shy away.
Below are the six categories of fear in addiction recovery:
- Fear of sobriety: Conventionally, an addict uses alcohol and drugs to handle mental health problems amidst other issues. Therefore, when it comes to sobriety consideration, the addict needs to face those problems without having to use any form of coping mechanism which he or she is aware of. Most addicts cannot face the thought of managing their problems without abusing those addictive substances.
- Fear of failure: Another common fear which addicts face is the fear of failure. They do not have the confidence that they will succeed. For addicts, the fear is overwhelming and they might not want to try to opt for addiction recovery.
- Fear of success: A good number of addicts do not fear failure, rather it is success. They are of the belief that they are not worthy recipients of the benefits which comes with living a life free from addiction. Hence, they do not feel deserving of success. With this belief, it can adversely affect their recovery process.
- Fear of rejection: For some people, they fear that their friends will give up on them once they quit their addictive behavior. For others, it is their family inclusive. Therefore, they would rather stick to their addiction than go for recovery.
- Fear of loss of identity: In addictive substances, each addict has his own identity. When they come out of rehab, it means that their identity has been sacrificed.
- Fear of misery: There are some addicts who are afraid of being miserable once they become sober, and the only way they can escape that, is to continue in their addiction.