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Fear of alcohol/drugs. Anxiety help? - JJJBACKFILP - 07-30-2014 04:37 PM

I'm gonna start by saying that this seems like a really weird thing to have, and I feel like it shouldn't be a big deal, but for some reason it is.

I'm having issues with drugs and alcohol. I don't do them, the problem is that I get extremely anxious and have minor panic attacks just thinking about my friends drinking or smoking or anything. My stomach aches, my palms get sweaty, and sometimes I spiral and cry. I haven't had any traumatic experience or anything, in fact, I haven't been around them at all. I've done a lot of thinking and I know that I'm really afraid of them because I perceive the dangers in the activities and overreact to them a lot. I'm afraid of the bad things that can happen when under the influence of those kinds of substances. It all stems from my fear of losing control. I have a history of addiction in my family and I don't want to lose control to that, but even more so I'm afraid of the simple loss of control the substances create in the moment. They make you lose control of yourself, to an extent, and I'm afraid of that.

Where I'm at right now is trying to realize that I'm not in control of other people's actions. No matter what I do, people can still make mistakes (with or without alcohol/weed/etc.). I have to trust my friends, and my self if I ever choose to, to do it responsibly, and make good decisions. Letting go of my illusion of control is what I have to do to get over this fear.

Basically, I'm just looking for ways to help me trust people, get over my little faux-phobia, and avoid anxiety attacks. Help is much appreciated. Thank you so much for reading and responding to this. Also, if I'm in the wrong place, I could really use some direction of where to go to get help.