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Going to Rehab is Scary – Learn How to Get Past Your Fears

Fear kept me from getting treatment for a long time.

I remember back when I was in active addiction that there were times when I really wanted to stop using drugs but the fear of inpatient addiction treatment kept me from doing anything about it.

These feelings of wanting to get clean can disappear as quickly as they come. This is why it is important to act on these feelings as soon as you have them. Ambivalence is a common part of being an addict. Ambivalence means that you want two things at the same time. You want to be clean but you want to get high.

Confusing? Not to an addict.

An addict is very familiar with this kind of duality. It’s kind of like the cartoon of the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. They are both talking to you and saying opposite things. Sometimes the angel (wanting to get clean/sober) seems a little stronger and sometimes the devil (wanting to get high/drunk) seems a little stronger but neither one ever really wins the argument.

To overcome your fears of going to inpatient treatment, you have to take action when your angel is at its strongest.

Sometimes, it’s better to not think about it too much and just act on it. Don’t worry that you may not wholeheartedly want to get clean. This is normal. Once the drugs leave your system, you will be thinking clearer and your angel will get stronger. Plus, you’ll have lots of people around you who will help you listen to your angel more than your devil.

If acting on your thoughts of getting clean isn’t enough to motivate you to inpatient treatment, think about all your fears of going to inpatient treatment and how you can overcome them. I had lots of fears about going to inpatient treatment before I went. I’m going to make a list of some of my fears and then show you how you can fight against them.

What Scared Me

Some of my fears included:

  1. Withdrawal is going to be painful and uncomfortable.
  2. I won’t know anyone there so I’ll be all alone.
  3. I don’t know what will happen there.
  4. They’ll make me work.
  5. I’ll have to talk about all the bad stuff I did.
  6. I’ll start to feel the guilt for all the bad stuff I did.
  7. I’ll start to have feelings again. I like feeling numb.
  8. I’ll have to give up my friends and my boyfriend (or girlfriend).
  9. I’ll be bored without drugs. Life won’t be any fun.
  10. I don’t have any willpower. I can’t stop using drugs.
  11. I won’t be me without drugs.
  12. I spend all my time on drugs. What will I do without drugs?
  13. I have a mental health issue too. Will this be treated as well?

Overcoming Fears

If you put some thought into your fears, you can turn them all around and make them into reasons to go to inpatient treatment. You can make an argument for why each fear isn’t a reason to avoid rehab. In some cases, you can even turn your fears into strengths. This may be hard to believe but you can do it if you think about it in a positive light. Let’s examine each of my fears and how you can change them around so they don’t seem so scary….continued below:

Learn more about these fears and how to beat them in the rest of the article by Anna Deeds, MSED, NCC, LPC: Going to Rehab is Scary – Learn How to Get Past Your Fears

Living In Fear With Drug Addict? You May Need To Read This Right Now

“I’m worried that if I leave him, no one will be there to take care of him,” “I feel scared that he’ll/she’ll be abandoned by her parents and friends,” “Where will he live if I turn him away?” and “I don’t think I’ll be able to raise our children all alone”- are these statements running around your thoughts for quite some time?

The most popular reason why partners continue to stay in a relationship with an alcoholic or substance abuser is fear. Although the relationship is clearly not healthy for everyone in the family especially the children, they fear that leaving the substance abuser will cause more harm. In most instances, these people get to experience the “worst” before they finally decide to detach from the person and the situation.

Detachment Is The First Step

The first thing towards healing and recovery is detaching from your loved one who’s consumed by alcohol or drugs. Detaching means you separate yourself from the person physically and emotionally. You just need to remember that detachment begins when you make yourself and your children the priority, more than anything else.

Also, detaching from your loved one who has developed the addictive habit will also mean staying clear from all of the negative thoughts. It will make you realize that you are also worthy of having a more peaceful life.

In most cases, the individual who is into substance abuse will never notice you, while you are around. He will keep taking you for granted until the day he sees you walk away.

Don’t Carry The Guilt

Keep in mind that you are not and will not be the reason for your loved one’s addiction. The 3 C’s will remind you that the guilt feelings are not yours to evaluate on.

  • You are not the CAUSE of his/her addiction.
  • You cannot CURE the addiction.
  • You certainly can’t CONTROL the habit.

No matter how much he or she blames you for the addiction, you just have to stand firm on the truth that you are not in any way accountable for his or her action. Keep yourself away from this person and the dangers it will cause you and your family.

Detaching from your addicted spouse does not mean divorce or annulment. It means keeping yourself distant from the possible harm and not doing the usual dependent behavior you show to him or her. People understand that you may have manifested an “over-loving” and “over-caring” personality towards the person because you hoped that one day it’ll be enough for him to drop the habit. However, it is not you who has to take the effort.

Start The Change Now

Do not let fear control your life, you have to make the decision sooner. Changing your behavior towards your partner by choosing to live far from him or her may also be the first step for your partner’s realizations.

While you cannot force them to go through structured treatment programs, making them consider it is a milestone. Nothing is impossible with hope that things can change for the better in time.

Source: Detox of South Florida – Living in Fear with Drug Addict? You May Need to Read This Right Now


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