Here at Chapters Capistrano, we’ve talked many times about how important it is to discover new hobbies and do new things during your recovery. New hobbies are incredibly important, and meeting new people can add an entirely new dynamic to your recovery. Experiences like this can help recovery from feeling stale or repetitive, and will help you take your life one day at a time. However, there’s another very important reason as to why we stress doing new things during recovery. Staying inside your comfort zone can be one of the most dangerous things you can do during recovery.
The Danger of Comfort Zones
Addiction is one giant comfort zone. You know what to expect, and very rarely do you step outside of it to try something new. Recovery can be very similar. Routines and schedules can be great for recovery, but they can also be detrimental if they prevent us from experiencing new things. If we stay in our comfort zone, we may not learn very much, and recovery is all about learning and experiencing new things. Often, our comfort zone can reinforce our worst habits, which is why it’s so important to step out of it during recovery.
The Echo Chamber
It’s common for our comfort zone to have very little in it besides ourselves. This can create an echo chamber where only your own thoughts and opinions matter. However, it’s important to ground recovery in reality. The thoughts, opinions, and actions of others matter, and can improve your recovery in extraordinary ways. Meeting people with similar experiences to yours as well as people with different perspectives on addiction can be helpful and rewarding in a myriad of ways.
Addiction recovery is the time to become the person you want to be, and it’s impossible to do that if you stay inside your comfort zone. Get out and live your life. Leave your comfort zone behind.