What exactly is a comfort zone and why is getting out of it so important for growth, especially during recovery? The answer may not be what you think. The term "comfort zone" is thrown around quite a bit in self help and recovery circles and most of us think of it as a place that feels good to be in. It sounds like what is normal or natural to us. But the truth is actually quite different.
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Former college basketball player, John Lucas, has taken his life back and grown into a better person after recovering from drug addiction. Although successful as a player for Maryland in the mid-70s and bouncing around different teams during the remainder of his pro career, Lucas lost a lot of time and money dealing with issues of addiction.
Recovering from an addiction can take a long time and many addicts in treatment may feel frustrated and impatient with their progress. Twelve step programs sometimes use the term "slowbriety" when someone is experiencing this. The term means that recovery doesn't happen overnight and becoming sober is a long process that takes years.
Those in early recovery are especially vulnerable to a relapse. Studies reveal that between 50 to 90% of addicts in their first four years of recovery will relapse at least one time. Others will be likely to relapse more than one time. The triggers for a relapse can come from a variety of sources, some of which will surprise you.
Jon Hamm is an actor, director, and television producer, most widely known for playing the advertising executive Don Draper in the 7-season television show Mad Men. The character of Don Draper is a skilled communicator, who appears very suave and confident on the surface, but is facing trauma and worries from a deeply troubled past, and is often portrayed drinking heavily.