Through Fear to Recovery (Intermediate/Advanced: Clinical SUD/Research to Practice, Best Practice)

Fear is a primary emotion contributing to addiction and substance use disorder recovery. Fear can often be mischaracterized as resistance, leading to poorer outcomes. This session will review research on fear, its role in the establishment of recovery, and steps to create change in the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral growth of those seeking recovery.  Specific emphasis will examine fear as a motivator and barrier to growth and change towards long term success.  Presentation will link fear through a range of emotions and motivations, for example, fear of being “found out”, fear of helplessness, fear of hopelessness, and fear of isolation.  In contrast recovery markers include the courage of trust, conviction, hope, and a range of interpersonal connections. Session will balance didactic review of research base and experiential techniques to facilitate learning objectives.

Training Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe the role of fear in the maintenance of an addiction process, and the establishment of recovery.
  • Participants will be able to discuss specific steps, tools and techniques to manage fear effectively.


Ken Martz, PsyD, MBA