Fear, Addiction and Recovery


What Is Fear?

Fear is an emotion that creates negative scripts in your mind. Fears come in all shapes and sizes. One can fear a possible outcome, being alone, not being loved and not having the life that you truly desire. The core of each individual fear is a lie. Fears trick you and will keep you stuck. Once you push past your fears, you will experience a sense of freedom and peace.
Fear Feeds Addiction
Fears often manifest themselves as fuel that feeds your addiction. Fear creates self-doubt. When doubt sets in, you may question if you are able to survive your addiction. You will begin to wonder if you are strong enough, smart enough and deserving of recovery. Fear plays with the trickster that lingers in the addicts mind. As the wheels in your subconscious begin to turn, your trickster will convince you that you don’t have an addiction. You will begin to believe that your will is stronger than any substance you put into your body. The end result keeps you in the negative cycle of addiction. How can you handle your fears creating negative situations in your life?
Be Aware Of Your Fears
We all have fears. It is important to conduct an inventory of your fears on a regular basis. Take the time to sit down and write down your fears. Seeing your fears in writing will help you face them and move past them. When you read your fear aloud, you diminish the hold that it has on your mind. As the intensity of your fear decreases, so will the hold that fear has in your life. Being mindful will assist in diminishing your fears, making them manageable. When you push past your fears, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities.
Push Past Your Fears
Once you identify your individual fears, you can push past them. Look at each individual fear and meditate on how this fear is holding you back. Do you continually tell yourself that your addiction isn’t “real”? Have you found yourself thinking that you are “weak” because you can’t beat your addiction? For a successful recovery, these fears need to be out of your system. Here are some suggestions to achieve this goal.
– Speak with a therapist, coach or another addiction professional. They can empower you to move past your fears in a healthy way.
– Attend a fellowship. Regardless if you attend 12-step meetings, a house of worship or an online community, you will find a support system that will embrace you.
A Work In Progress
As you face your fears and deal with them, you will feel a sense of “freedom” in your life. Fears are the chains that hold you back, hinder your evolution and place enormous speed bumps in your recovery. As you conquer individual fears, you will be amazed at the level of self-worth you will feel. As you replace your fears with positive affirmations, you will find your day-to-day actives much easier to manage.
Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Psychotherapist and Recovery Coach on Celebrity Rehab and author of “The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery”. Please download your copy of ”Eliminating Limiting Beliefs from Sherry’s, Enrich Your Life series.  She can be reached at sherry@sgabatherapy.comwww.sgabatherapy.comwww.thelawofsobriety.com to learn more about upcoming webinars, workshops, speaking engagements, and teleseminars.