Mental Health and Addiction; Reaching for Help Can Be Easier Than You Think
When you know that you need help, it can sometimes still be difficult to make the phone call. It can be frightening to reach out for help because of the fear of the unknown, fear of what might happen, and the fear of losing something you so desperately rely on. In fact, many people stay in that place of uncertainty for years.
However, reaching out for help doesn’t have to be so scary. Many men and women find that once they do, it was the fear that kept them stuck. But once they made the call, they found family, friends, and professionals were there to help them.
One way to make it easier on you to reach out is to break down the fear you’re experiencing. Fear can be a general feeling you have about moving forward, but breaking it down and investigating what you’re fearful about can help you overcome and move through the fear.
You probably remember the famous phrase by Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He said this in his 1933 Inaugural Speech. He was at the time trying to say to the American people not to get caught up in fear. It was the Great Depression and Roosevelt needed to bring confidence back into the economy. He was communicating to the country that fear was only making it worse.
And the same is true with addiction, if you stay caught up in fear, it can only make things worse. Fear is the culprit that continues to hold you back. In order to move past fear, get to know it. Break it down until it becomes bite size pieces that you can step right through.
To help you become more acquainted with your fear, here are common reasons people are afraid of calling for help when they struggle with addiction:
- -Fear of losing a relationship, especially if the other person is still using
- -Fear of facing physical pain that substances masked
- -Fear of dying
- -Fear that sobriety will require too much effort and not be worth it
- -Fear of failing
- -Fear of the unknown
- -Fear of not being able to repair relationships that were harmed during the addiction
- -Fear of not being able to move forward because of past mistakes
- -Fear of not being able to take care of financial problems because of the addiction
- -Fear of facing legal problems that resulted from the addiction
- -Fear of facing one’s mental health issues while sober
Once you know what you’re afraid of, you can talk about it. You can make a plan to overcome it. You can envision yourself on the other side of fear. However, when fear continues to be a vague feeling that makes you feel uncomfortable, you might never get past it. The best way to remove the power that fear has over you is to look directly at it.
If you are caring for a loved one who is struggling with addictions and mental health problems, CiR experts can help with the following:
- -Sober and Mental Health Companions
- -Consultation Services
- -Case Management Services
- -Intervention Services
- -Safe Transportation Services
- -In-Home Detox
- -Crisis & Rapid Response
Connections in Recovery (CiR) Mission: CiR assists individuals, struggling with addiction and mental health issues, to connect with the best providers, recovery companions and treatment resources to support long-term positive recovery outcomes. Through personalized action plans, CiR is committed to finding the right solution for each individual.