Fear, by definition, is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
There are a great deal of ways to talk about fear; however, today I want to discuss fear after detox and during recovery. I want to talk about it because it was something I personally and profoundly experienced during my first few months after getting out of detox. I learned how to work through with the Lord’s supernatural help… and got rid of it for good. Now, anxiety is another issue; please don’t confuse the two. While both fear and anxiety produce fairly similar responses, fear is an emotional response to a known or very definite threat. Anxiety is often a response from an unknown threat.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of Power and of Love
and of a Sound Mind”
2 Timothy 1:7
By the time of my near death, in 2007, I was so dumbed down by drugs, that I did everything without any thought, without identifying obstacles, and without considering consequences. My mind wasn’t working properly due to what the drugs were doing to my brain, and I was afraid of very little. Don’t get me wrong… I was still fearful of certain things that plagued me during my whole lifetime, but most of my fears were squashed by the 12 different narcotics I was taking. After detox, when my mind awakened, I had exaggerated fears. I didn’t know how to cope without pills. I knew I’d never go back to drugs, but I also missed being able to pop a pill and find all fears were gone. There are no solutions in any pill. Solutions rest in God. Don’t be foolish and find yourself fighting for your life in an intensive care unit as I had to; it wasn’t pretty. Choose Jesus, not drugs.
Do you have fears? Whether you’re on drugs, fresh out of detox, or none of the above, fear is very really and crippling. Pills do NOT hold the answer. Secular psychiatry and psychology do NOT hold the answers. The Bible does. Specialized life coaching is a good method to help a healthy mind combat fears. We do that within our ministry… whether you’re in recovery or not. Check us out! Recovery can be awesome!