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Learning to Walk Through Fear


When you were in active addiction, you probably took a lot of chances. Drugs and alcohol help dampen inhibitions and cause people to do some dangerous and not-so-smart things. It’s no surprise that when you get clean and sober, your sense of danger comes back. But you might find yourself feeling fear about things that didn’t scare you when you were getting high. After all, it might feel as if you’re trying new things all the time!

In recovery, avoiding the thing you're afraid of isn’t the answer. Everyone faces challenges, including new fears. The key to making it through things that scare you is not to let fear stand in the way. How can you start to be less scared? First, you must own the fear. Then, you should do the thing you’re afraid of, anyway.

What is Walking Through Fear?

Nobody is a coward because they’re afraid. However, fear can prevent growth and change; two of the most important aspects of recovery from addiction.

Why are you afraid, to begin with? Maybe you’ve been hurt or think relationships are dangerous, so you’re anxious about making new friends. Perhaps you’re worried that you’ll let people down, and then tell yourself that it’s better to “not try” instead. All of these are reasonable.

It’s okay to feel afraid. In fact, it’s important to acknowledge it. Once you’ve admitted it, it’s also essential to challenge fears as well.

How to Confront Fear Head-On

Do the thing you’re afraid of anyway. You can give yourself some coaching before you do it, but ultimately, the only way to confront fear is by walking through it.

You can prepare for the challenge by doing a few things. Ask your sponsor, family, or friends to help you with a pep talk. Ask them what they do when they’re scared. Share at meetings about it. Read success stories online or listen to inspirational music. Take time to meditate or practice mindfulness when you’re feeling afraid. Call somebody on the phone to talk about your fears. Go for a run or regularly walk to help keep your blood pressure calm.

Once you’ve confronted fear a few times, you’ll realize that while some parts of life are scary, others are less scary than you perceived. Walking through fear makes you less afraid. Make sure that you reward yourself – with ice cream, a good book, or a spa night – once you’ve confronted your fear. You’ll find yourself growing stronger and braver every day.

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Mark Gladden brings both personal and professional experience to his role as co-founder of Present Moments Recovery. Now in long-term recovery himself after struggling with addiction for years, Mark understands firsthand the challenges men face in achieving and maintaining sobriety. It was this insight, combined with a desire to help others, that led Mark to establish Present Moments Recovery.

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If Present Moments is the right fit for your current situation you will be speaking to Admissions Director Mark Gladden, who will be your guide throughout the process of arranging travel and undergoing an initial detox (if necessary). Mark has been the guide for dozens of men and women who have gotten their lives back by entering treatment at Present Moments. He has earned his reputation as being truly dedicated to the recovery of others. Mark will be the one to ‘show you the ropes’ when it comes to admitting to our facility for treatment

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