It is totally normal and common for us to miss the lives we led before. We got accustomed to them. They were what was familiar to us. They provided us with the safety and familiarity of our comfort zone. What we learn, however, is that our comfort zones often keep us trapped. When we’re too comfortable, especially in our emotional pain, we’re not pushing ourselves to change or do better for ourselves. We stay stuck, stagnant, numb and paralyzed. The fear we have of the future can be terrifying. We would rather stay in the familiar than venture into the unknown. As we’re recovering, though, we’re starting to gently push ourselves up and out of that destructive comfort zone, in order to rebuild our lives and start anew. As we come to terms with the loss of our former lives, we’re able to reimagine and redesign our lives, so that we can rebuild them and create even more fulfillment and happiness for ourselves.
Rebuilding our lives means examining and addressing our past so that we can imagine a better future for ourselves. It means analyzing our past choices so we can make better ones going forward. Recovery requires that we rebuild our sense of self, our relationship with ourselves, and our relationships with others. All of this intense work helps us to rebuild our lives with more self-empowerment and self-awareness, enabling us to expand and move forward into the futures we’ve designed for ourselves.
When we’re working to rebuild our lives in recovery, we need the support and encouragement of people who believe in us and in our recovery. Call Riverside Recovery today for more information: (800) 871-5440.