Obstacles In Recovery: Entering Recovery
Entering Recovery: One of the scariest steps to take can be entering recovery for the first time, because it involves jumping into a world of unknown. Whether you’ve been sober for 1 month or 1 year, you’ll notice that problems will always come and go. While it can be quite terrifying to pursue something you’ve never done before, the most important thing to remember is that you’re not alone – there are so many other people out there who aren’t quite sure what they are doing either. The first year of sobriety is the hardest, and many people face challenges even before seeking treatment because they’re not sure what they need.
There’s going to be ups and downs in recovery, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t welcome them with open arms. Having the right treatment center, like Urban Recovery, along with a team of caring professionals and all the tools and resources you need can help you to work through whatever comes your way – one step at a time.
Just as each person has different life experiences, thoughts and interests, each person’s journey through recovery is truly different. Despite the different scenarios that may come and go throughout time, however, there are similar feelings that those in recovery tend to experience – something that many people can relate to:
Fear of Change
Whether we like to admit it or not, addiction can be comforting at times because it’s something that we’ve become accustomed to. Recovery entails finding newer, healthier outlets – but while this change can be intimidating, it’s something that we can overcome with time.
Fear of Relapse
So many people fear relapse because they don’t want to be considered a “failure” or a person who is “weak”. Relapse does happen, but relapse does not have to happen. Though relapse can be an obstacle in continuous sobriety, it is entirely up to you whether it becomes an obstacle to begin with.
A person’s worst nightmare may be that they’ll never have fun again without drugs and alcohol or that they’ll be stuck in a boring life without ever letting loose – and for the first few months to a year in sobriety, it may very well feel like this because life is different now. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun, though – it just means that you’ll have fun in a different way.
Fear of Rejection And/Or Abandonment
The realization of the harm that’s been done to others as a result of addiction can bear too much stress, anxiety and shame for a person – and in learning of what happened when a person was “high” or intoxicated, it’s commonplace for a person to worry that the people they love spending time with may no longer want to be around them because they’re different.
Difficulties In Discovering One’s Identity
Entering recovery requires that a person reshapes their life – and during this time of healing and rejuvenation, a person gets to spend more time discovering their “sober” self. It’s a scary process, especially if a person feels like they don’t know which direction to take – but this direction comes with time.
There Are Solutions
12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous work very well alongside addiction treatment – and through these programs, a person can build their social support network to include not only the peers around them, but also a sponsor whom they can rely on in times of need. Most people would say that entering recovery is more about the journey than the destination; and 12-Step programs embrace this journey through several avenues such as:
- Participating in 12-Step meetings on a regular basis
- Collaborating with a sponsor and building a strong bond
- Exploring problems or psychological resistance to the program
- “Working” the 12-Steps not just in meetings but also throughout a person’s life
- Becoming involved in 12-Step activities, such as in social events, retreats and conventions
- And more
12-Step programs can often help people feel less alone as they navigate the road through recovery because they provide them with people who too are struggling or feel lost. In these programs, people can connect with one another and share their stories while also recognizing that other people have felt similarly difficult emotions like anger, sadness, resentment, jealousy and more, as well as struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction. A support system can grow, and a person can better work through the ups and downs of recovery because they have a team of people by their side who believe in them.
With the right treatment program, any obstacle in entering recovery can be overcome. Having a safe and secure environment to call home, supported with trained, specialized staff members who customize a treatment plan specifically to your needs is an unparalleled experience.