I’m practicing a 12-step program in Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the slogans is that fear is:
Staying sober one day at a time is a discipline that keeps me from being afraid of things I cannot change. The discipline helps remind me that I can summon the courage to face down death with an attitude derived from my contact with a higher power & a community of alkies who are also available as allies in the fight to maintain an outlook on life that fortifies the mastery of skills I need in order not to ever drink or use again. I truly fear dying from an alcoholic death or drug overdose. My life makes sense in regard to guarding certain boundaries. Taking a close look with a friend or, if a friend is not around, ‘turning it over ‘ to my higher power (whatever it is i’m afraid of in the moment) has kept me relatively sane and serene for many years even though I’m a mental & physical wreck!