Nothing is worse than trying to succeed at something and failing. For many people, failure could be permanent if you don’t try to succeed again. If you really want to overcome your obstacles, you have to keep trying. Recovery of substance abuse is no different.
Here are some of the reasons that people fail in recovery:
They fear that they would fail. If you don’t believe that you will succeed, you won’t. Success is a mind thing. You have to believe that you have the opportunity to overcome your challenges, because that’s the only way to overcome them. No one ever achieved anything until they believed that they could do it.
They fear that they will succeed. Let’s face it. Using drugs and alcohol serves a person in their life, or they wouldn’t use it. For most people, drugs and alcohol helps them to cope with relieving painful and unwanted situations. If they succeed in recovery, they no longer will have drugs and alcohol to fall back on. They get terrified at the thought of having to face the same unwanted challenges that drove them to use drugs and alcohol in the first place, soberly.
They fear the unknown. They don’t know if they will fail or succeed. All they know is that they don’t know what to expect, and that terrifies them to death. People like to be certain about what they are going to do, and going into unknown territory is very challenging for them.
They fear the side effects of withdrawal. Withdrawal is not fun, and many people struggle with both emotional and physical complications associated with getting off of a substance. For many addicts, they simply feel better while under the influences of mind altering substances.
Sadly, these fears all immobilize drug users, keeping them captured by the very drugs that they want desperately to escape from. If you would like to face your fears today, we can help.