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Overcoming the Fear of Sobriety

Overcoming the Fear of Sobriety

Early sobriety can be a time of stress and anxiety. We have yet to learn how to live our lives without the sense of relief provided by drugs and alcohol. Staying sober for the rest of our lives seems like a daunting task. Our fears can get the best of us if we let them, but if we choose to live with faith, one day at a time, we will be in much less danger of being overwhelmed by our fears and worries about living sober lives.  

Fear is powerful. In active addiction, we were often acting out of a sense of fear. We were afraid of facing life on life’s terms or facing ourselves, and chose to find relief in a drink or drug. Recovery allows us to understand and overcome our fears by cultivating faith and acceptance. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains that fear infected every area of our lives: “It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn’t deserve. But did not we, ourselves, set the ball rolling? Sometimes we think fear ought to be classed with stealing. It seems to cause more trouble.”

Fear can fall from us when we go through the process of honestly and fearlessly engaging in a recovery program of action. First, however, we must overcome our fear of the program itself. We may feel overwhelmed by the work suggested, or the prospect of taking on a spiritual life without having the relief provided by substances. Upon presenting the 12 Steps, the Big Book explains, “Many of us exclaimed, ‘What and order! I can’t go through with it.’ Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” Recovery does not mean that we must be perfect and live by a set of rigidly structure rules. Rather, we engage in a process of continuous spiritual growth that allows us to both maintain our sobriety and live lives of happiness, joyousness, and freedom.

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