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Recovery for Introverts

There are many types of people on this planet; some people are extroverted and outgoing and some are introverted and prefer keeping to themselves. A lot of people are somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. For people new to sobriety, it can be overwhelming when you are thrown back into the general population and are surrounded by other people in recovery. A lot of us were extraordinarily isolated in our addiction, and transitioning back into a healthy lifestyle can feel a little shocking to the system.

If you are more on the shy side, some moments in sobriety can feel uncomfortable and awkward. Even if you aren’t usually shy, you will experience these moments, too. Recovery is a “we” program and something we shouldn’t attempt to do alone. Part of this is asking for help when we need it. No one likes to admit that they can’t do something on their own, and if you are an introvert, it makes doing so even harder. For instance, if you attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and are looking for a sponsor, it may feel excruciatingly painful to have to go ask someone if they would be willing to help you. Instead of making it all about you in your mind, try to remember that by helping you, their own recovery is getting stronger.

Another big hurdle for introverts in recovery is being asked to lead a meeting, or being called on to share. Public speaking is the nemesis of many of us, but if you think of it as just carrying the message to the next alcoholic or addict, it helps lessen the pressure you may be feeling while speaking. Keep in mind that when you tell your own story, that is your truth, and when you tell the truth, you don’t have to stress about recalling the past. Remember to take deep breaths and focus on the present. Calling on your higher power can also have an immensely calming and comforting effect when you really need it. As time goes on, you will become more comfortable sharing your experience, strength, and hope with others. Who knows, you may just save another addict or alcoholic’s life.

If you can’t stop drinking or using, call Resilient House. You are not alone in this, and we can help you begin a beautiful new life in recovery. You can do this. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 833-242-6431. Recovery is possible. Do something different, and call now.