The Stumbling Block to Recovery: Fear

I truly thought I was just the fun party girl who only socialized and drank alcohol. I thought just because I didn’t drink in the morning and at times would go a few days without booze, that alcohol was a non-issue for me. This prevented me from being able to see that I had a dangerous relationship with booze. I did not want to admit to a drinking problem and that kept me drinking.

What do alcoholics suffer from?

High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems. Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum. Weakening of the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick. Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.

It’s important that we understand that life is still going to happen, and we’ll feel pain, anger, and sadness, but that we won’t have to use in the midst of these emotions. This is one of the main reasons I, myself, continued to drink/use drugs for so long, despite knowing that it was detrimental to my life. I was afraid that every party, night out, sporting event, or concert I missed was me missing out on life.

What Are Some Lesser-Known Signs of Addiction?

Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) is indicated for the treatment of opioid dependence in adults. For more information about Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) see, the full Prescribing Information, and Medication Guide, or talk to your healthcare provider. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of drugs to the FDA. Fear of recovery not working and that you will return to use is real. In fact, for many of us returning to use is a reality of recovery.

Besides, allowing the fear of failure to completely influence big decisions like this is a cop-out. It’s a dysfunctional version of “playing it safe.” You deserve better than that. What you’re really afraid of is the unknown and that you may be unable to handle it. Depending on how deeply ingrained alcohol is in your life, you may be staring down an entire life makeover.

Common Fears During Recovery & How to Conquer Them

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider. If a loved one is trapped in addiction, they have to be ready to commit to the process of Recovery. If you reach out to us, we will reach out to them.

Why being sober is fun?

You're funnier sober.

Without the booze, you're sharper and wittier. You'll rake in the attention and laughs, and you'll laugh along with your crew. Plus, as a bonus, laughter releases the same endorphins that drinking can but there's no crash from it. Your abs might be a bit sore the next day, though!

When you’re ready to begin your journey toward successful, long-term sobriety, the LA Detox team is here for you. Our center in Los Angeles, California, offers quality addiction treatment fear of being sober services in a safe and welcoming environment. We can assess the full scope of your needs, then develop the customized plan that will put you on the path toward improved health.

The habit of fear dies hard.

You might have these common fears about getting sober, but the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Pain is what we’ve always tried to avoid by drinking and drugging. Feeling pain is not ideal for those of us who are in active addiction and part of sobriety is feeling everything, even the pain. This can scare people to the core, but pain can be worked through.

nderstanding Why People Fear Sobriety

One way of overcoming your fears of success in recovery is to change your thinking surrounding the experience. Instead of being afraid of the changes or anticipating negative occurrences, anticipate the positive changes that will come in recovery. The fear of failure is something that may be easy for people to understand. Fearing failure comes from that place of unworthiness, feeling not good enough, or that place where any past perceived failures are stored. These fears keep you “safe” from doing things outside of your comfort zone but can also paralyze you and keep you from moving forward.

While you likely had some opportunity to practice these skills in treatment, it is hard to fully establish the skill and put it to use in the outside world. When in our sober living home, you have a support group to practice these skills with and real-life experiences you can implement into your everyday life. When we aren’t sober, we can use that as an excuse to avoid those problems.

We don’t believe we’re capable of change, and we don’t think we deserve to succeed. It’s tough to motivate ourselves to fight our addictions when we’ve given up on ourselves. Sometimes we have a hard time with change because we’ve lost our will to fight for ourselves. I was one of the people who actually felt bad for sober people. I thought their lives were boring, routine, and unexciting.