The Top 5 Fears of Rehabilitation and Why They Shouldn’t Stop You

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Nearly 20.6 million people over the age of 12 in the United States struggle with addiction each year, yet less than half of that number go into treatment. In addition to concerns of affordability and not receiving proper care due to cultural barriers or general misunderstanding, it’s safe to say that many people are scared to take the rehabilitation and treatment step. After all, it’s a major step – one that could change your life forever. However, that change will be for the better, and many people let their worries and fears hold them back from living a happier, healthier life. If you’re considering entering rehabilitation but have some fears, consider these common fears that many people face, along with some ways to overcome them.

  • Fear of Withdrawal and Detoxification – the amount of pain you experience from withdrawal and detox depends on a variety of factors, including the length and severity of your addiction, the method of consumption, how many doses and how high of doses you consumed regularly, and more. However, the right treatment center will be able to monitor you 24/7 to ensure your safety while also providing you with medication to assist with lessening the pain of your symptoms. Detoxification is a necessary step to your recovery, but it’s only temporary.
  • Fear of Judgment and Stigma – a reputable treatment center will be on your side, giving you an automatic piece of mind to having a support team. Anyone who judges you or looks down upon you for seeking help for yourself – a very noble thing to do – isn’t worth being in your life.
  • Fear of Losing Relationships – addiction can take a toll on many aspects of one’s life, including relationships. Be patient with these relationships because they take time. Family therapy is an excellent option for you to work on rebuilding your connections with those who want to be in your life.
  • Fear of Facing Emotions and Personal Issues – many people who avoid their emotions rely on alcohol and/or drugs to help them deal with their emotional pain. However, addiction magnifies the pain experienced by causing deterioration in so many other aspects of life – why continue down this path? Yes, therapy may be uncomfortable, but it could change your life for the better by leading you to key insights in a safe environment.
  • Fear of Failure – we all have fears of failure, but we do not even give ourselves a chance to succeed if we never begin. Take the risk. Give yourself that opportunity.


Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re seeking a treatment center that focuses primarily on mental health, call our parent property, New Vista Behavioral Health, at 855-398-7959. If you’re seeking treatment for either substance abuse or dual diagnosis, call us at 888-743-0490. There are many people that can help you develop the tools you need to succeed.