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Steps on How to Work Through Fear

Fear can be a paralyzing emotion if we don’t have the proper tools to work through the feeling. As you start your recovery journey, you may find that sobriety brings up some buried fear—issues you had never even thought about and it takes a lot of courage to face it. While it may be easier to run away, remember that fear is the belief of a perceived threat or danger. We are afraid of what may happen, not what is actually happening. Once we understand this, we can start to strip away the power of fear.

Fear is feeling like we are out of control of a situation. Remember Step Three? Our recovery program teaches us to turn everything over to a power greater than ourselves. We have no control over others or the circumstances, but we do have control over our thinking and perception of a situation. We can learn to re-frame our perspective and how we react.

When we feel we are in crisis, run through the following next steps and write out each one. It will help to put things in perspective:

  1. the feeling. Is it fear of rejection or fear of disappointment?
  2. Ask: what am I feeling exactly?
  3. Ask: what am I thinking?
  4. Ask: is it real?
  5. Identify the cost of either staying in or moving past the fear.
  6. Identify the next steps.
  7. Call someone.

Once we run through this list, rate the level of fear from 1 to 10. Most of the time you will find that the rating is lower than you anticipated. When we take the time to analyze our feelings, we start to see that our fears are mostly based on thoughts, not facts. The longer we stay sober, we start to see that fear and stress is a part of life. Dealing with it is part of our relapse prevention plan. We can take up meditation, yoga, or hiking—these are all great therapeutic ways of dealing with stress. We may believe that the challenges we face are bigger than we are, but we are incredibly resilient beings. We all have the courage and strength to look at fear straight in the eye and conquer it. Our team specializes in helping people push past fear and reach their highest potential. If you are ready to take this next step, call our team today.

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