I have worked with many people who try to reduce their alcohol consumption. Rarely did I, if ever, meet anyone thrilled when fear of being sober they felt that they had to give up or set a limit on alcohol. But cutting down on alcohol does not have to be so miserable.
For with changes comes adjustments, which can be challenging. So it may take some time before you truly feel content in your new life. But the following insights may ease your journey and improve your outlook.
Common Fears about Getting Sober
It also covers tips on how to deal with the challenges you’ll face on your journey to sobriety. In other words, success is the blissful absence of all of the devastating consequences of a previous drug or alcohol habit. Again, any fear you may have about sobriety rooted in self-loathing will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Some people manage to get there faster than others, but it’s not a competition. Depending on the severity of your drinking problem and resulting behavior, some bridges may be forever burned. Some people may want nothing to do with you, no matter how much you change.
When your current lifestyle revolves around drinking or drugging, it is not hard to see why the thought of living a sober life is hard to grasp. But what most people don’t realise, is that there are many ways in which life gets infinitely better when you get sober. Being afraid to fail is the most common obstacle that stops people from achieving anything in life, not just sobriety. If you’re scared of becoming sober, that’s okay. Feeling scared is normal when you’re making such a significant life change.
How to Understand and Overcome the Fear of Being Sober
You are living your life for you, not other people. If getting sober is going to make your life better (and trust us, it always does) you should not be concerned with the opinions of others. When you look at it this way, it is clear that giving sobriety a try, even if you do not succeed at first, is the best option.
We’ll also provide specific steps to take when your heart starts racing and your mind starts wandering. What’s going to happen when you step out of the residential rehab center and into life again? You may no longer be in some people’s lives because of your actions. However, another fear is the worry of not belonging anywhere. You may feel as though you don’t belong in a place of employment because you screwed up so badly. These are personal feelings, not necessarily those within the organization.
Identify Your Personal Triggers
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Many people do not like the idea of being “different.” The idea of being a non-drinker is something every sober person must accept and many who are afraid cannot. In fact, living in sobriety is often deemed the best decision they ever made. In contrast to everyday nervousness, social anxiety disorder includes fear, anxiety and avoidance that interfere with relationships, daily routines, work, school or other activities.
That said, while “recovery” and “sobriety” are different terms, they’re also used interchangeably in some instances. Plus, being in recovery typically involves maintaining sobriety, so the two are somewhat intertwined. You don’t have to produce some hidden, superhuman strength to be successful at sobriety. But you do need patience, empathy for yourself, and a firm commitment to meeting your goal.
Change can be scary, but it can also be gratifying. If you’re scared of becoming sober because you’re afraid of change, it’s important to remember that change is a necessary part of recovery. Without change, you won’t be able to achieve sobriety.