Often times when people begin to repair their relationships with family members and friends after recovering from alcoholism or some other substance addiction, they experience fear & anxiety attacks, as well as panic attacks. It is vital to remember that fear and stress are in the mind, whether the threat is real or not.

Many times panic attacks, fear, and anxiety attacks result from environmental cues. This could be anything – a dog running in, a flash of light from a camera, an old wooden chair – anything that your brain subconsciously ties to some uncomfortable feeling or experience from your past. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what the cue is or why it exists because many alcoholics and addicts have fragmented memory as a result of substance abuse.

Instead of shutting off and closing out your environment when you start to feel an anxiety attack or panic attack coming on, it is helpful to stop and think – What it the threat?  Is there a real threat here? What is really behind my anxiety and fear?

Dr. Von Stieff explains more in his latest video, Relapse Prevention: Overcome Fear and Anxiety Attacks and Prevent Panic Attacks. You can find his book, Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety at www. BrainInBalanceBook.com.