When fear and anxiety partner up, they can be challenging to deal with. Even though symptoms may overlap, a person will experience the symptoms differently. Fear is thinking about a threat that may be real or perceived. Anxiety revolves around an unknown or undefined threat. Fear and anxiety produce a response in the body called fight or flight. Find out how the two are different, how they are treated, and ways to find support when they pop up in recovery.
Coping with Anxiety
Anxiety is an unpleasant sense of apprehension it is often a response to an unknown threat. It may make a person feel uneasy and produce some butterflies in the stomach. This sensation is caused by anxiety related to a thought that someone may jump out from behind a bush or approach you in some way. The anxiety is not a result of a known threat. It comes from the mind’s interpretation of danger. Anxiety is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. Most of the common physical symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Cold chills
- Numbness or tingling
- The feeling of going insane
- Dizziness or feeling faint
Coping with Fear
Fear is an emotional response to a threat that may be defined. When walking down a street, someone may point a gun. If the experience is real and defined, it can be stressful. There is a clear, present fear. When faced with fear, most people will experience the physical reactions described under anxiety. The subtle distinction is having a better understanding of symptoms that may be important for treatment.
When seeking help for fear or anxiety (or a combination of both), there is help from qualified treatment professionals. The key is to think about finding those who understand addiction and addictive behaviors. This can drive anxiety and fear, or anxiety and fear may be driven by a need to calm them using substances. Either way requires additional support to find healing. Finding the right space to get help for this requires taking time to admit help is needed and seeking that out in the right places. It can be hard to do when emotions are mobile, shifting around, and not certain. With the right diagnosis, it is possible to start a treatment plan that can support the reduction of fears and anxiety.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We provide space to learn how to navigate fear and anxiety with hope. You are not alone in dealing with your fears and anxieties, worries and frustrations. For more information about sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702