While it is important to go out of your comfort zone in recovery, it’s also helpful to find a sense of comfort. This doesn’t mean complacency—it means figuring out what makes you feel most supported, safe, and secure.
When you feel a basic sense of safety and comfort in recovery, it can give you the courage to branch out and go out of your comfort zone. An important part of this is surrounding yourself with people who support you. Knowing there are people who have your back brings a real sense of comfort.
If you don’t have a support network, sober support groups or other sober events are great ways to meet other people in recovery. They can cheer you on and be there for you when things are hard. However, your support network doesn’t have to be only sober people; it can be anyone who you trust and who encourages you to be your best.
Surrounding yourself with supportive people may also mean setting boundaries with those who are not good for you. You might have to limit the amount of time you spend with particular people or adjust certain relationships. This can be very difficult. Just because someone might not be healthy for you doesn’t mean you don’t care about them. However, boundaries are crucial for protecting yourself and your recovery. We’ve shared some tips for setting them here.
Finding Comfort After Addiction
While active addiction is painful and brings lots of challenges, sometimes it can feel comforting. It’s what you come to know, and it means you’re not actively making choices for your own life. Getting sober can be scary, and it can feel like you’re going outside of that comfort zone. But ultimately, recovery allows you to create a sense of comfort and joy that would never be possible in active addiction.
If you are struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, there is help and hope. TruHealing Centers offers high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. Our staff—many of whom are in recovery themselves—will help you find peace in recovery. To learn more, call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.