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Fear and Addiction Tie Together

Fear is a common emotion and has a useful purpose of helping us respond to potentially dangerous situations. Too much or too little fear may have serious consequences on either side of the spectrum. Did you know that fear is a factor in addiction? That may or may not surprise you.

We have found that fear is a powerful motivator to continue using and is a reason why many people stay addicted to drugs or alcohol. Not only is there fear around sobriety but also anxiety over the mystery of what will surface once the drug is removed. If this sounds like you, please know that we understand.

Emotions in early recovery can feel intense and overpowering. You may have lots of concerns, such as: fear about your financial situation, your broken relationships, your job status, concerns about disappointing your family, or fear that life will be never be interesting again. Trust that these feelings are normal and they will pass. Once you start learning about your own emotions and staying with the uncomfortable feeling a little longer, your brain starts to build freeways of resilience that will help you in the future.

It may feel scary to face this without your primary coping mechanism, but it is possible! The only thing that you have to do is breathe through it and cling to what you know to be true. Simply stop and ask: is what I’m feeling real and true right now? This simple question will help bring you back to the present moment.

Running away may seem like the easier option, but we urge you to play the tape through and ask, has this ever helped me before? If you stay, we guarantee that things will get better. The longer you stay, the more you learn about your own triggers and master how to move past them. Having the courage to move through fear is no easy task.

Once you move past the initial fear, things will start to look brighter. You will learn new coping skills and maybe even pick up a new hobby, such as: meditation, yoga, or hiking. These are all therapeutic ways of dealing with stress. We want to help you build these coping strategies to get you to long term sobriety and happiness. Our team is specialized and eager to help you. We are just a phone call away.

Villa Tranquil Recovery stands as a new staple in the women’s treatment community, offering gender-specific services for women between the ages of 18-65. Our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida provides a transitional living opportunity for women to continue their treatment process while regaining the skills they need to thrive in sobriety. Owned and operated by clinicians, we offer exceptional care so women can build exceptional lives of recovery. Call us today for information 214-799-3080.