Don’t Let Yourself Live In Fear of Relapse

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Fear can ruin a life. If you spend your time looking forward and worrying about falling back into bad and destructive habits, you may create a self fulfilling prophecy for yourself.


Self Fulfilling Prophecy

What’s that? A self fulfilling prophecy is like this: You’re driving your car down the street just fine. There’s some traffic, but no big deal. Then you get caught up in the concern that you might hit the car beside you. “Am I going too fast? Too close to the line? Are they crossing into my lane? Is that their phone in their hands?!” After a few minutes of this there is impact. Remember Drivers Education? If you look in a direction, you’ll likely stear in that direction. Obsessing about something can steer you right into the place you don’t want to be.


Relapse Is Not Inevitable

Sometimes relapse feels like it is looming there in the distance. Like some kind of inevitability. But, remember, you have the power to make the choices to structure your life in a way that helps you guard against relapse. Instead of fearing it, build infrastructure in your life that keeps you safe from addiction, and helps you thrive. Fear will tear you apart if you let it, but if you look at replace as just one more thing you need to set up safety measures for, proactively, eventually you will see that you are in control of your life, not addiction. You would never teach a child to fear heights. You would teach them to pay attention to the warning signs, to not pass the guard rail. You need to look at your fears, and set up those same warning signs for yourself. Find those guard rails and respect them.


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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.