When people give up abusing alcohol and drugs it does not mean that their trials in life are over. They are still going to have to deal with the ups and downs of life just like everyone else. The only difference will be that they won’t be hiding from reality through substance abuse. One of the things that people in recovery are almost certain to face is fear. It is unavoidable. Those in recovery are no longer interested in hiding from fear. Their focus is on learning to manage it effectively.
Fear can be defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending pain or danger. The trigger for this emotion can be real or imaginary, and it may or may not be rational. When people feel fear, they may go into panic mode. This means that are unable to think clearly or make good decisions. It is usual to view fear as a negative emotion, but it can also be highly beneficial, as it helps to keep humans out of danger.
Tonight, we talk about Fear
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People can be afraid of getting better in recovery. This is because so much of their identity has been wrapped up in their addiction. It can be impossible for people to imagine a life where substance abuse is no longer so important. The idea of a person who is happy and sober can be frightening. It can feel like they need to give away their current identity in order to become a stranger. Getting better is undoubtedly a step into the unknown and it does take courage to press forward into sobriety. But it’s worth it.
This week’s topic of
was inspired by
Chapter 31 – Surrendering the Weapons of Fear
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So, here is
Verse 31 – Surrendering the Weapons of Fear
The weapons of fear are selfishness, dishonesty, and resentment.
When we start this path, these are the only defenses we possess.
The result is weakness, despair, and death.
As we surrender to this new way of life, we begin to lay down the weapons of fear and pick up the gifts of Love in their place.
We see that our enemy was not the target of our fear.
There is no enemy, only ourselves.