3 Barriers Keeping You From Getting Drug and Alcohol Treatment

drug alcohol recoveryMaybe you are at the point where you’re ready to get drug and alcohol treatment, which is the first step to recovery. But the barriers and fears that keep you from following through with treatment can be debilitating. Below are three common barriers that you may be running into and how to get past them.

Withdrawal Anxiety

Withdrawal is a terrible stretch of days that you feel will never end and the only thing that will make you feel better and get you through it is more drugs or alcohol. You’re wondering how you can make it through the day. Withdrawal challenges you physically, emotionally, and mentally.

How to overcome it:

While the process will likely not be easy, with the help of a medical professional, the most difficult withdrawal symptoms will be eased. The detox process can be challenging, but everyone is different and you may discover that it’s not as bad as you think.

Revisiting the Path of Destruction

After you get through the detox portion, there are some emotional challenges that will follow, including facing the path of destruction you may have left along the way. The people that you may have hurt, the questionable things you said or did, the emotional baggage that you now carry is very apparent.

What to do:

One of the steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is making amends with those you need to. This can be a very humbling, healing process. It is an opportunity for you to rebuild relationships and move froward.

Facing an Unknown Life

During your addiction, you became comfortable with how you felt and your lifestyle. Now, without drugs and alcohol you inevitably have to accept that change is inevitable. Change is scary for anyone, addiction or no addiction, but change can be good. Usually the longer you hold back, the longer you stay in the same place.

What to do:

Create a vision for the changes you want to see in your life. Set realistic goals. Keep a journal. Keep busy. The changes will begin happening and you will feel like you’re finally starting a new chapter in life.


Being afraid of starting over is understandable, but know that you don’t have to do it alone. Be certain you have a strong support network to help you get through this time. In the end, your mind, body and soul will thank you for starting over.

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