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Written By: Maria Anwer:

Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.

Will Smith

Social anxiety and, fear walk hand in hand once one has stepped out of the rehabilitation centre. After being treated in house for 100 days, the whole world seems to be strange. The stay of in house treatment brings one in a post psychosis fragile state of mind. There is fear of how people will judge us; there is anxiety of what the future holds for us, in short there are a number of fears in a recovering patient’s mind. There are few stands on a patient to make sure that one is going through a controlled exposure program so that there is less or, no dysfunctionality in life because of stress.


In this article, we are going to explain what post-rehab center fear of facing others and, social anxiety looks like and, how can we tackle it. The post rehabilitation fear is an inborn feeling of inadequacy. A feeling of failing prevails that the expectations of the family members and, of the ones who have invested in us with time and, effort will be ruined. It becomes more strange as fear instigates the ‘fight or flight’ response in the recovering patients and, It brings us to strategies which can be adopted to cope up with post rehabilitation social anxiety and, fear at large. They are as follows:

1. Identify the fear

First of all, reach the root cause of problems by identifying the trigger of unease or, fear of being judged by others. It is very vital that one first recognizes what and, when a fear of something occurs and, takes over.

Fear is largely based on the question, “What if this terrible thing happens?”. It can be a fear of loss/failure. It can be a fear of hard work to prove oneself going down the drain and, lastly, it can be a fear of the process of change being too demanding.

2. Why is one afraid of that particular exposure/thing/aspiration/ambition?

It is because the patients are not exposed to the outside environment for as long as 100 days. It also includes the fact that the patients are told that they are inside the rehabilitation centre for a disease which cannot be trusted, it causes a feeling of uncertainty and, uneasiness in the person. Also, it is because the addicts were prone to having a substance dependence in the pre-rehabilitation period. That becomes the reason of their anxiety as they are ill equipped to deal socially without their substances. The key is to know what is keeping one behind from achieving full recovery and, then work on the factors to control and, ease the difficult thought pattern.

3. Take lead of your thought pattern – Become a problem solver

Think of solutions when faced with an immediate fear problem or, when the mind wanders off thinking of all the possible ‘hell breaking lose’ outcomes. For example if one thinks of any bad outcome after moving out of the rehabilitation centre, he can all at once think of the support group he has or, of the possible solutions an honest and, sincere help can offer him.


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