Change is scary and going to detox is definitely a change. Though it is natural to fear change, detox is a huge, necessary step on the road to recovery. If you finally decide to get sober and clean, then you will face many tests and challenges. The first one is to detox, get clean, and face the fear head on. If you are living with that fear, here are some tips to let it go and move forward.
Find the Fear
The first step in figuring out why you are afraid is to find out where it is coming from. Pinpoint the source of that fear and you just might conquer it. Some common fears people have of detox include:
- Losing old way of life
- Losing old friends
- Being miserable
- Feeling lost and alone
- Facing the past
Let Go of Fear
One of the big fears people have of detox is that it will be the most horrible experience. This obstacle keeps people in the cycle of relapse and addiction for quite some time until he or she is able to finally face the demon that is detox (in their head). Do not let this get you down. The most common symptoms of detox are not going to kill you, especially if you are in the capable hands of a recovery facility who understands the process. You can and will survive the unpleasant feelings for a few days which are manageable compared to the unmanageable lifestyle of being addicted to drugs or alcohol for the rest of your life.
You Can Do It
If you really want to succeed in recovery, detox is the first step in a long line of trials. Life is full of ups and downs and detox can either be seen as a low or high point. Pick your perspective because when you look at it like a high point that you can achieve success at doing, you will feel better about the outcome. Do not let the fear of failure hold you back. It is part of life but you will succeed if you really want to do it.
Regain Your Life
You deserve to have a life that is healthy and whole, free of drugs or alcohol. If you are living in fear of what sobriety is like you will never move forward. Getting sober will give you your life back tenfold. Getting clean is an opportunity to find out who you are and what your potential is. Go after it, grab it by the horns and make it your own. Do not let fear stop you from going into the detox process with a positive mindset that you can, and will, succeed and find hope for a sober future.
Oceanfront Recovery provides programs and resources to help you on the journey to recovery. Our detox process is made as comfortable as possible for you with careful attention paid to your personal needs in withdrawal with the use of medication and other supports. We help you with a medical evaluation and psych assessment done by the experienced clinical team who will help guide your experience at the center. Call us to find out how we can help you take that first big step into sobriety: 877-296-7477