Fear of Being Sober: How the NA Steps Help You Say Goodbye to a Life of Drugs
Many who become addicted to drugs start out as social users, using drugs to relax or wind down at parties or work functions. For those most susceptible to dependence and addiction, social drug use gradually turns into using after work or using first thing in the morning.
By the time full-blown addiction takes hold, the drug’s effects become the only thing that makes day-to-day living bearable or worthwhile. Under these conditions, it’s no wonder many struggle with a fear of being sober.
The NA Steps helps you overcome this fear by breeding a desire for sobriety that’s stronger than your desire for drugs.
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How the Fear of Being Sober Plays Out in Your Life
A drug’s ability to become the be-all and end-all in a person’s life is one of the most dangerous features of drug addiction. Over time, its effects on the brain changes a person’s motivations, values and even his or her sense of right and wrong.
In effect, drug addiction creates its own belief system that’s designed to keep a person using, according to California State University, Northridge. The beliefs that run this system include:
- “I can’t cope with my responsibilities without drugs.”
- “I can’t have fun or enjoy life without drugs.”
- “I can’t deal with my feelings without drugs.”
The NA Steps program is specifically designed to replace this belief system with a mindset that doesn’t need drugs to cope with daily life.
How the NA Steps Help
Eliminating Addiction-Based Thinking
Addiction lives inside the mind, affecting a person’s emotions and behaviors. For people starting out in recovery, it can be all but impossible to see the cause and effect interactions that take place behind the scenes without some form of guidance.
The fear of being sober thrives in these conditions, breeding panic at the mere thought of living drug-free. The NA Steps helps weed out addiction-based thinking so you can begin to see an actual path to getting well and living drug-free.
Confronting the Underlying Issues That Drive Addiction
According to the U. S. National Library of Medicine, those most susceptible to addiction have never developed a healthy set of coping skills for managing life’s ups and downs. Rather than talk about difficult emotional issues, there’s an impulse to bury or ignore them. Herein lies the allure of drug abuse.
The NA Steps entail confronting and working through underlying issues until there’s nothing left to bury or ignore. Under these conditions, saying goodbye to a life of drugs gets easier with each passing day.
Developing a Need to Be Your Best Self
Many addicts struggle with lifelong feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. Drugs have a way of creating a false sense of confidence that can be addicting in and of itself.
Ultimately, the NA Steps approach enables you to replace the fear of being sober with a need to be your best self. This need creates a new type of confidence that grows and sustains you in recovery.