Going to rehab can be a difficult decision. One of the primary reasons why a lot of people struggling with substance abuse hesitate to seek out treatment is fear.
What may surprise a lot of people is that feeling afraid or scared to go to rehab is not unusual. Many people experience the same emotions which usually hinders their treatment process.
There are different types of fear that people who need to go to an addiction treatment center go through.
If you are in the same situation, read on and learn some tips that could help you overcome these fears.
Fear of being judged
We cannot deny that there is a stigma attached to people who are or have been in rehab. There are sectors of society that still frown upon or look down on people going to rehab. Because of this stigma, many people prefer to hide their addiction problem rather than risk having people know about it and judge them for their addiction.
Other people are also afraid that people inside the rehab will judge them and shame them because of their addiction. However, you would be relieved to know that rehabs like the Lighthouse Treatment Center strive to make sure that all their residents are treated with respect and without judgment. You will be in an environment where you can relax and open up, without worrying that people will treat you differently.
Fear of failure
What if I don’t succeed in the treatment? What if I relapse? What if I don’t make it out sober? These are just some of the common worries of people who need to seek addiction treatment. If you are having second thoughts about going to rehab because you are afraid that you will fail in your recovery, keep in mind that this is perfectly normal.
However, not overcoming this fear can stop you from moving forward and from living an addiction-free life. At the Lighthouse, our goal is for you to succeed in your treatment so we will be there with you to celebrate small milestones, and also give you the push you need during the tough times.
Fear of leaving things behind while in rehab
Are you worried about what will happen to your family, your properties, and your job while you’re inside rehab? Maybe you don’t want to go to rehab because you are concerned about leaving things behind. This is a common worry especially for parents or for people with demanding careers.
Keep in mind, however, that you have to put yourself first. If you don’t prioritize your sobriety, you will not be able to take care of the other stuff. Remember the saying that “You cannot pour from an empty glass”. By taking care of yourself first by seeking addiction treatment, you will be able to give more fully when it comes to other aspects of your life.
Fear of being alone
When you’re inside rehab, you’ll be away from your home, your family and everything familiar to you. This does not mean, however, that you will be completely alone and isolated. At the Lighthouse, you will be surrounded by compassionate staff who will support you and root for your recovery. This is also an opportunity for you to meet like-minded individuals in recovery. The Lighthouse has a strong alumni program that promotes fellowship and fun in sobriety.
Fear of experiencing withdrawal
When you’re addicted to a certain substance, suddenly halting usage could lead to withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the substance that you are addicted to, the symptoms can be severe and painful. It is then common for people who need to go to rehab to fear experiencing these painful symptoms.
At the Lighthouse, we have experienced staff and professional addiction specialists who can guide you during these difficult times. If applicable, you may need medication-assisted detox so you can successfully overcome these symptoms.
Fear of starting over
What happens next? How will I start over? The fear of starting a new chapter in your life is something that may be worrying you. Maybe you’re anxious about what life will be without having the means to escape through drugs and alcohol. Perhaps you’re also worried that your life will be boring and lack excitement.
At the Lighthouse, we offer holistic treatment programs that will address different aspects of your life. We believe that recovery is not just about stopping drug use or alcohol use. It is also about realizing that there is so much more to live for…that you can have fun and become productive in sobriety.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available.
Contact Lighthouse Treatment Center today.