Fear is a powerful emotion that can either hold you back or push you to do what must be done. While it’s normal to be afraid of doing something new, the truth is that you must not let your anxiety stop you from finally getting sober. At first, you may have some anxiety about going to a Palm Beach detox center since this represents one of your first steps toward making a major lifestyle change. However, you can rest assured that what you are feeling is normal, and most people feel a sense of fear when they are entering unknown territory.
Throughout your journey to sobriety, you can expect to experience a wide range of emotions that all represent your movement from one stage of recovery to the next. In fact, being afraid is a positive sign that you are finally stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that will make a huge difference in your life. When you feel fear rearing its ugly head, try using these strategies to get to the root of the problem so that you find success in rehab.
Identify the Sources of Your Fear
At first, you may just think that you are afraid of going to detox, yet there is likely a deeper reason for your worries. For instance, you may be afraid of the physical sensations involved with withdrawal. This is especially common if you have tried to stop on your own in the past and failed. When you enter a supervised detox program, you are given a personalized treatment plan that is filled with strategies such as these to help you begin to feel better right away.
• Nutritional counseling and healthy meals
• Medically-supervised assistance
• Therapeutic counseling
• Recreational activities
• Meditation and mindfulness training
As you use these strategies to feel better, you can also rest assured that the staff in the treatment center is monitoring your overall wellbeing. If they notice that you seem to struggle with a specific symptom, then they’ll take action to help alleviate it so that it doesn’t interfere with your progress.
In addition to worrying about the withdrawal period, you may also be concerned about other factors that affect your sobriety. Right now, you may be worried about how your boss or family members will respond to your need to go to detox. You may be worried about having to start all over again with rebuilding a sober network or friends, and you could also be worried about how you will pay for your treatment. As you think about your reasons for being scared to go to detox, keep in mind that each cause of your fear is valid. In fact, just acknowledging your fear allows you to begin to take the next step toward feeling more comfortable about your decision to seek help through the detox process.
Create a Plan to Address Each of Your Concerns
Being proactive is the best way to handle fear. Now that you know a few reasons for why you are afraid, you can begin to find a solution for each one. For example, you could write down a script for what you want to say to your boss or spouse about your decision to go to detox. You can also practice what you want to say by role playing with a friend.
If your biggest fears pertain more to what happens once you are actually inside of the detox center, then do some research to find out if any of your concerns hold weight. For example, you can remind yourself that you are there by choice and that the staff at the detox center is there to help you be successful. While you do have to abide by certain rules in the center to keep everyone safe, you have the freedom to enjoy some of your favorite activities such as reading or exercising as you work through the withdrawal process. You can also explore the detox center by taking a virtual tour or viewing photographs online, or you can call a member of the staff with your questions so that you know exactly what to expect.
Focus On the Benefits of Ending Your Addiction
Fear may be a powerful emotion, but it is no match for positive thinking. Instead of ruminating on everything that might-and probably won’t-go wrong, consider focusing on all of the things you get out of your time in detox. As your body begins to let go of its need for certain substances, you regain the freedom that you once felt before addiction took over your life. You no longer have to worry about how to buy drugs or alcohol or hide your use from the people who know you well. You can also look forward to finally feeling proud of who you are and having a positive outlook for the future.
During your time in detox, you also benefit from taking the first steps to understand the underlying reasons for your addiction. As you participate in therapeutic counseling, you learn more about who you are and why you couldn’t stop using drugs. For some people, this may mean working through past trauma. For others, this could mean dealing with an underlying mental health issue such as anxiety or PTSD. Learning how to manage the challenges in your life allows you to deal with issues as they come without turning to drugs or alcohol.
In addition to learning about how to avoid using drugs, your time in detox is also spent helping you learn how to live a sober lifestyle. In your treatment center, you will discover new wholesome activities such as art or music that allow you work through your stress and feel happy at the end of the day. Since these activities are all designed for you to enjoy once you return home, you also benefit from having new interests that help you begin to rebuild a social support system made up of people who also enjoy staying sober.
Do you still have concerns about going to detox? Give your friendly staff members a call at 877-978-3125 so that we can help you alleviate your fears and get excited about your recovery.