Many people struggling with substance abuse dread the thought of entering rehab. While a loved one may be having a difficult time coping with the daily side effects of drug or alcohol abuse, the fear of going through detox and rehab can be even more frightening and intimidating for a number of reasons.
Common fears include “failing” to get better, undergoing painful withdrawal symptoms and a fear of living life sober. Many also fear the loss of identity and losing their circle of friends. Perhaps most of all, rehab represents change, and it’s human nature to resist any sort of change.
Here are a few tips on helping yourself or a loved one overcome the fear associated with rehab:
#1: Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Many addicts suffer from low self-esteem and confidence as a result of prolonged drug or alcohol use, or as a result of past trauma. The prospect of trying drug or alcohol rehab and relapsing is daunting. By simply acknowledging the idea of needing help and opening yourself to receive it, you are taking a giant first, critical step towards recovery.
It’s common for many people to relapse as this is a natural part of the recovery process. You are not a failure if you relapse. Picking yourself up after a relapse shows determination, bravery, and resilience.
#2: Think Positive
Consider the following thoughts and how they affect your well-being and frame of mind: “I can’t do this. It’s too hard. I might as well give up now.” Or, “This is hard, but I can do it. I’m strong.”
Perseverance and positive thinking are great characteristics to practice throughout your recovery process and the rest of your life.
Remember this quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
#3: Embrace New Opportunities and the Unknown
Entering alcohol or drug rehab can be an intimidating idea as you don’t know what to expect. Learning to embrace the idea of not having all the answers is a good place to start. Try looking at the rehab experience as an opportunity to meet new people and try new things. If your therapist recommends you hit the gym, practice yoga or take part in art therapy, say yes and see it as a chance to grow as a person.
The team at Beachway Therapy Center is here for you 24/7. Call us at 877-284-0353 with any questions or concerns.