Being Afraid of the Unknown

Everyday we remain sober starts with a fresh slate. That is unless we live in fear of the unknown. The unknown is the basis of most fear. Just think about the political marketing schemes we are inundated with on a daily basis, and the fear they create. We could lose our jobs to someone else. We could lose our social security or health care. What if they raise the tolls on the road we travel each day?

Our fears can be greater or lesser, depending upon our financial situation in recovery. While real political changes can and may affect our lives, in sobriety, we need to learn to manage our fears and put them into perspective. Each day is a new beginning. Today, we are not going to drink or take drugs. When we commit to ourselves, we are strengthening our core beliefs—we can take care of ourselves because we are sober.

Being afraid of the unknown puts us in a constant state of worry, which is not a pleasant and uplifting place to be. We must trust in ourselves that we have the capacity to get through the tough times when they come along. We’ve already gone through the toughest part of admitting that we are powerless over alcohol. Where did we get the strength to stop drinking or taking drugs? We found it within ourselves. We knocked on the door of the unknown and said, “Open up! I don’t know what’s in store for me now, but it can’t be worse that what I’ve already gone through!”

Creating a daily mantra can help ward off fear. Turning off the radio, and not watching the news can be extremely helpful to managing fear. If we are afraid to face a person we harmed when we were active in our addiction, we must first forgive ourselves. Then we must let go of any expectation for forgiveness on the person’s part.

We must remember that the unknown can’t harm us because it isn’t tangible or even a real. It is only a concept. To disarm our fears we can focus on what is real, and adapt a positive attitude. Be proactive with stress that builds up about the unknown, by creating a daily exercise and/or meditation routine. We can also be mindful of our feelings if we have a tendency to blow things out of proportion. Be present to what is in the here and now.

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”—Robin S. Sharma

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