Does anyone contemplate rehab and not experience fear? Perhaps, but we have not yet met a former addict who was not afraid when they first decided to try to get clean. Many people before you have realized they have a problem with addiction. And when they began to think about grappling with that problem by going to rehab, just about all of them were afraid. Nevertheless, millions and millions of addicts have overcome their fears, admitted they have a problem, committed to the rehab process, and triumphed over their addiction and now live clean, happy, and healthy lives. So let’s talk about some fears you might have and how you can conquer those fears and succeed in rehab. There is hope!
Admitting You Have a Problem
Fear: Admitting you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, and we know it can be a very intimidating step to take. Admitting your problem to people you care about can be difficult. Admitting it to yourself can be even harder. Once you quit denying your problem, you are left with the uncomfortable responsibility of taking care of yourself and doing something about it.
Hope: Guess what? Everyone else quite likely already realizes you have a problem. It might be a tearful moment, but the people who care about you are quite likely going to be very glad you are coming to terms with the real situation. Some people may be in denial, but in the end, you asserting control and breaking free from addiction wil be best for everyone. As for you, don’t be afraid! Know that for certain it is going to be hard. But it will also be so very very worth it to make the effort to recover from addiction. You can do it!
Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms
Fear: By its very nature, addiction intimidates it’s victims because they realize that turning away from any addiction will be painful. You know you crave what you are addicted to, and you know going without it will be painful.
Hope: Many substance addictions have physiological withdrawal symptoms. A good treatment program will work with clinicians or doctors who can prescribe medication and make healthy eating recommendations that will help with withdrawal. All addictions have psychological withdrawal symptoms. Once again, a good treatment program will offer you guidance and support in coping with the undeniable challenge of withdrawal. There is help. You can do it!
Dealing with the Past
Fear: If you are like most addicts, there will some things you have done that you are not so proud of, opportunities squandered, lies told, people you have disappointed or betrayed. You may already realize that just about every addiction treatment method will demand that you confront these misdeeds and take responsibility for your past actions. You will be called on to apologize for what you have done and to try to make amends. Confrontations with friends and family can be difficult. Resist the urge to run and hide.
Hope: You may be surprised to find out how good it feels to own up to your past actions, apologize, and make amends. Some of the people you have harmed may not be quick to forgive, or indeed may never forgive, but many will be supportive and grateful that you have acknowledged your effect on them. Communicating with family about what effect your addiction has had on them can certainly be very painful. But take comfort in knowing you can take action to improve your relationship with your family members.
Losing Yourself or Your Friends
Fear: You might feel like you don’t know who you are without your addiction. And like most addicts, most of your social relationships probably revolve around addiction. Whether the people you hang out with are also addicts or not, if you turn away from addiction, they might not want to hang out with you. And you might not even be able to hang out with them and stay clean.
Hope: Who are you? Maybe you are someone very different without your addiction. If you are suffering from addiction right now, there are probably some things about who you are that you would like to change. It is a big and frightening adventure to set out to find out who you are without addiction, but trust us: it has a happy ending! You probably have a complicated relationship with the addicted “you.” A good rehab program will help you find the clean you, and teach you how to care for yourself and truly love yourself in the process. As for those friends, you are probably right if you think you will have to leave some of them behind. But you will find new friends who support your goal of recovery, friends who have similar struggle and can understand and relate to the new you that you will be discovering.
No More Fun/Boredom
Fear: Most addicts lose connection to fun, having replaced it with the false fun of addiction. What will happen when you take the “fun” away? Will life be boring without the excitement of addiction? It feels like fun, but is it really? Do you remember fun without addiction?
Hope: You can recover, and once you have been in recovery for a while, you will be able to look back and realize – that was not really “fun” – it was more necessity and numbness, or mania, but fun is something different and better. A good recovery program will help you rediscover yourself and find things that are truly good clean healthy fun, things that make you feel good, things that make you feel connected. With time, with a clean perspective, you will see the “excitement” of addiction as the chaotic and anxious, unhealthy and dangerous situation that it is.
Fear: Are you afraid you will fail at rehab? This is a common fear. Some people suffering from addiction think they can’t even begin to succeed. Others are afraid that they will beat their addiction, but only temporarily. They could be right. One thing is certain: no one who is too afraid to try has a chance to succeed.
Hope: Between one third and two thirds of people who try to beat addiction with rehab programs relapse. That might not sound encouraging at first. But think about it for a moment. Most of those people knew there was a decent chance they would fail, but they tried anyway. And a lot of them succeeded on the first try without ever having a relapse. What will your path be? Perhaps you will succeed on the first try! Or maybe you will have to try twice. That is ok, isn’t it? Which would you prefer: being addicted, getting clean, being addicted again, and then finally getting clean for good – or just staying addicted? You cannot succeed without trying. But there is hope – if you try, you will probably succeed, whether you succeed on the first try of have to try again. Choosing a good rehab program will increase your chance of succeeding the first time around.
Take the First Step
Ready to say goodbye to addiction and start a healthier, happier life? Find out more about rehab programs and the recovery process. Seasons Bali offers comprehensive rehab programs for all types of addiction. Call us now (toll free Australia) 1800 288 348 or +613 9804 5757 or email us at [email protected] and we will call you. Talk to one of our friendly experts in addiction recovery today and take the first step on the road to recovery. It may be the most important thing you do today.