Common Fears About Rehab – And How to Overcome Them
Making the decision to enter rehab isn’t easy and it can be downright scary. But letting fear get in the way of your sobriety is one decision you’ll be sure to regret down the road. Here we explore some common worries when it comes to rehab – and what to do to move past your fears.
- Fear of being sober: The prospect of dealing with life (and all of the emotions that come with it) without the crutch of drugs or alcohol can be daunting.
What to do: Take a deep breath and dive in. Rehab will help you develop healthy coping mechanisms to handle the highs and lows of your new sober lifestyle.
- Fear of failure: Self-doubt is a pretty normal part of early recovery and so is relapse. Although relapse is likely, it’s not inevitable. Nor is it a sign of failure. Recovery is a lifelong healing process.
What to do: Do your best to commit to rehab, learn your personal triggers and surround yourself with a supportive network to help keep your sobriety intact.
- Fear of the unknown: What will detox and withdrawal feel like? What will be expected of me in treatment? What will the rehab facility look like? How much downtime will I have? When can my family visit? Your mind may be spinning with questions about what to expect at rehab.
What to do: Your best bet is to contact your rehab facility. The admissions department can answer a host of questions about your addiction treatment.
- Fear of rejection from loved ones: It’s common to worry that your loved ones will think less of you or not want to be around you once you enter rehab or get sober.
What to do: Know that people who truly care about you will support your decision to get sober. Also, don’t be afraid to let these loved ones know that you need them now more than ever.
- Fear of lost identity: Many people mistakenly believe that following the rules of rehab will result in a loss of personal identity.
What to do: Look for a rehab that is passionate about providing individualized addiction treatment instead of a one-size-fits all approach.
Taking the First Steps Together
Seabrook ® has been helping families find the courage to recover from substance use disorders for more than 40 years. We’ll work with you to overcome your fears and get the help you need and deserve. To learn more, call today: 856-455-7575.