Is Social Anxiety Affecting Your Recovery?
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I’m terrified of talking to people. Specifically, I’m terrified of talking to people I don’t know. 


Get me in a room full of strangers, & I’ll sweat like no one’s business & not say a word. I don’t say anything because my mind goes blank when I’m nervous & anxious. 


Also, I’m scared strangers will notice how anxious I am if I start talking.

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I’m terrified of talking in front of groups of people, even if I know them.

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I’m terrified of walking into unfamiliar places. In my drinking days, I used to have people come out of the bars & come get me in the parking lot just so I didn’t have to walk inside by myself. 


Everyone stares at you when you walk in! Ugh!! I HATE that. I couldn’t walk in on my own.

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Fast forward to my recovery days. I had to have people come with me to some of my very first support group meetings because I was scared to walk in by myself with everyone looking at me. 


It also took me YEARS to talk at the meetings. To this day (12+ years later), I still don’t talk that much during the meetings.

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I’m terrified of making eye contact, especially for long periods of time. Those people who just stare at me directly in the eye while they’re talking to me … yea! 


They’re the HARDEST people to talk to. That intense eye contact makes me uncomfortable as hell!!

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I’m terrified of small talk. I’ve dodged people I know in the grocery store before just so I didn’t have to engage in small talk. 


Small talk is awkward. I don’t like it. It makes me anxious.

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I have social anxiety. This is what it’s like. I’ve worked hard throughout my life to overcome it. I force myself to talk when I’m uncomfortable. 


I expose myself to places & situations that make me anxious. I do it scared. I do it anxious. I do it sweaty. I do it even when I don’t want to & my head is screaming to run. I do it anyway.

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The uncomfortable is where growth happens. 


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