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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Nobody likes getting outside of their comfort zone. We often felt that we would be alright with our drugs and alcohol as long as nobody bothered us and we could stay hidden from the world. Eventually, our desire to stay in the comfortable nest of addiction led to isolation, depression, anger, and exacerbation of our addiction. As we embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery, we find that getting outside of our comfort zone allows us to experience the vastness of life in a way that promotes our own personal and spiritual development.

Pema Chödrön, in When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, explains, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.” In recovery, we allow parts ourselves (our attachment to drugs, our ego, our selfishness, etc.) to die so that other parts of ourselves can flourish (our love, selflessness, and joy). At first, engaging in things like service work, interacting with others in the recovery community, and acting with a spirit of altruism can feel foreign and unfamiliar.

When we step outside of our comfort zone, we open the door for remarkable things to happen. Carolyn Gregoire, in a 2017 Huffington Post article entitled 6 Reasons to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, explains, “Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is an important, and almost universal, factor in personal growth. How can we expect to evolve in our lives and careers if we only stick to habit and routine? Reaching new heights involves the risk of attempting something we might not succeed at. A little anxiety can help us perform at our peak, psychologists have found — in other words, when we challenge ourselves, we tend to rise to the occasion.” Getting outside our comfort zone and succeeding provides us with proof that we are not as limited in our abilities as we may have previously thought. The feeling of reward, the newfound sense of confidence, and the increased ability to trust ourselves can be invaluable as we move forward on our journey of recovery.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431