Fear is the emotion that tells us that we are in danger. Fear can make us feel uneasy, overwhelmed, panicked, and stressed. Fear relates directly to thoughts and concerns of the future. It can paralyze, diminish, and suppress a person from advancement in their lives. Nowadays, fear can be unfounded, particularly when we fear that things are going to be harder than they really are. Fear can also be helpful and keep you safe, especially when noticed, appreciated, and used to make positive changes. Therefore, fear can be healthy or unhealthy, dependent upon how it is perceived and used.
New Technologies = New Fears?
Chemicals in our food, water, and environment, as well as radiation from cell phones, cell towers, and increasing technological advancements, create a whole new realm for fear to thrive. Although these technologies are advancing the human race at exponential rates, they are also posing new risks to the physical, mental, and psychological well-being of the human race. Some of the fears associated with technological advancements are physically real; however, many of them are due to our perceptions.
Fear and Addiction Recovery
Fear is apparent in addiction recovery from drugs or alcohol, particularly when thinking about the recovery process and life after recovery. Addiction itself causes fear. Fear of running out of drugs or alcohol, fear of the future of coping without them, and fear of losing family members, friends, jobs, or money if one does not maintain recovery. Fear of relapse is also a large part of addiction recovery from drugs or alcohol. However, fear can be a motivator. The fear of losing loved ones if the addiction persists can propel someone to enter a recovery program. Interventions can be fear-based, in which family members or loved ones confront the addiction head-on and list future possibilities if the addiction continues.
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Fear is a normal part of life. Everyone fears the future at one point or another. Recovering from addiction can be scary in and of itself; however, that fear can be used as a healthy motivator. At Fort Worth Recovery, we understand that recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is a personal and challenging road to travel. We seek to inspire clients to face their challenges, accept their present state, and foster hope for their future.