Ask4Recovery - Fear is one of my biggest triggers. Help!
By LaurenStahl on June 17, 2013
Hello friends! Today’s ‘Ask’…
Fear is one of my biggest triggers. Help!
I can totally relate. Fear has the ability to put me back to where I started before I entered recovery. It has the ability to make me lose sight of all that I have accomplished in my life thus far and puts me a cycle of insecurity, hopelessness, self-pity, and misery. And my addictions thrive off of that! Fear is enmeshed with our disease. Yet, fear is an illusion. It is something we create. It is a belief that something is dangerous. Risky. Unknown. And that fear of the unknown and that uncertainty can easily lead me to my next drink, drug, or eating disorder behavior if I am not fully conscious and aware of my disease.
Living in recovery has allowed for me to see my fears for what they truly are. A figment of my imagination. Sure, there are things to be scared of and frightened of in the world today, but if we focus on the present moment, the here and now, there is absolutely nothing to be fearful of. We are exactly where our Higher Power has intended us to be. I have to remind myself of this often as my disease can often take me into past-focused thinking or future-tripping and I begin living in a state of depression or anxiety. This is not a natural state for me. This is not the state I was intended to live and breathe. So now, when I notice that my mind is living in fear, I have tools to check myself back into reality. I write down my fears. Release their power. I focus on the present moment. I reach out. I step outside of myself and my destructive mind. And it works for me. One day at a time.
How do you deal with fear? What do you do when it pops up? Let us know and join the movement!
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