When you make the first step into your recovery, it can feel daunting, scary, and overwhelming. You may even be afraid to face your feelings, feel afraid that you might relapse, or even fear the responsibility of sobriety. Especially when you aren’t sure what to expect, making this important change can fill you with uncertainty.
We want to remind you that there are people in your corner that will fight for you and help you feel less afraid. You don’t have to feel afraid of your recovery, because you are not going to be going through it alone.
These are some of a few ways you can keep your fear from overwhelming you:
- Ask for help: You’re not expected to go through your recovery alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your support network – friends, family, your counselor, and even OARS. We’re all on your side through every step of your recovery.
- Positive self-talk: Whenever you find yourself talking about yourself negatively, reverse that with positive affirmations and statements. This can help you create a positive mindset that quickly catches when you begin to negatively talk about yourself and then turns it around into a positive mind frame.
- Journal: Journaling can help you process your thoughts and feelings in a constructive way. Putting pen to paper is a helpful way to deal with those emotions and to even see how far you’ve come.
Move forward with your sobriety. Don’t let the fear of recovery cloud you and keep you from getting the treatment you deserve.